It was reported last week that the Orioles were close to an agreement with infielder Everth Cabrera and now CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman writes that the two sides have a deal.
Cabrera will receive a $2.4 million salary and could make an additional $600,000 with incentives. Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com reports that the 28-year-old is expected to be at O’s camp in Sarasota, Florida tomorrow.
Cabrera was non-tendered by the Padres in December after batting just .232/.272/.300 in 391 plate appearances last season. He had a PED suspension in 2013 and has also had some off-the-field issues, including a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest after being pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana. However, this is a small price to pay for someone who has had some success in the past and could find his way into playing time at second base.
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.