Nationals sign Dan Uggla

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Dan Uggla has signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals, who’ll see if the 35-year-old former All-Star has any chance of breaking out of a years-long funk.

Uggla hit .179 in 2013 and .149 this year, getting released by the Braves and then lasting just four games before being released by the Giants. He’s been about as bad as a major leaguer can be and is also 35 years old, but there’s no risk involved in a minor-league deal and the Nationals have been looking for potential second base options.

Dating back to 2012–a span of three seasons, 342 games, and 1,324 plate appearances–Uggla has hit .194 with a .671 OPS and a strikeout in 30 percent of his trips to the plate.

Red Sox employees “livid” over team pay cut plan

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Even Drellich of The Athletic reports that the Boston Red Sox are cutting the pay of team employees. Those cuts, which began to be communicated last night, apply to all employees making $50,000 or more. They are tiered cuts, with people making $50-99,000 seeing salary cut by 20%, those making $100k-$499,000 seeing $25% cuts and those making $500,000 or more getting 30% cuts.

Drellich reported that a Red Sox employee told him that “people are livid” over the fact that those making $100K are being treated the same way as those making $500K. And, yes, that does seem to be a pretty wide spread for similar pay cuts. One would think that a team with as many analytically-oriented people on staff could perhaps break things down a bit more granularly.

Notable in all of this that the same folks who own the Red Sox — Fenway Sports Group — own Liverpool FC of the English Premier League, and that just last month Liverpool’s pay cut/employee furlough policies proved so unpopular that they led to a backlash and a subsequent reversal by the club. That came after intense criticism from Liverpool fan groups and local politicians. Sox owner John Henry must be confident that no such backlash will happen in Boston.

As we noted yesterday, The Kansas City Royals, who are not as financially successful as the Boston Red Sox, have not furloughed employees or cut pay as a result of baseball’s shutdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps someone in Boston could call the Royals and ask them how they managed that.