Dodgers “shift attention to” Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada

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MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez shares this scoop …

(NOTE: Moncada has been labeled an infielder in every report we’ve seen; if the thinking on where he’ll play has changed, we haven’t seen it)

Lopez, a 21-year-old pitcher from Cuba, signed Tuesday with Arizona for a bonus of $8.25 million. Moncada, a 19-year-old infielder who is also a native of Cuba, is expected to command close to $40 million. And because of his age and lack of experience in a professional league, Moncada is subject to MLB’s international signing regulations — meaning the team that ultimately lands him will also have to pay a ton of money in penalties.

Moncada is waiting to be cleared for employment by the United States’ Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). He’s also being pursued by the Yankees and Red Sox. This bidding war is going to get wild.

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.