Giants may push back Jake Peavy’s first start

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Jake Peavy struggled badly in his final two Cactus League starts, yielding 13 runs — 11 earned — over just 6 2/3 total innings. So the Giants are considering delaying his first appearance of the regular season so that he can try to iron some things out on the side.

Giants general manager Bobby Evans told Jim Bowden of SiriusXM on Sunday morning that Ryan Vogelsong — who was projected to open 2015 in long relief — could start against the Diamondbacks in Peavy’s place this Tuesday night. Peavy would then take the sixth game of the regular season against the Padres, giving the Giants a temporary six-man rotation.

Peavy agreed to a two-year, $24 million free agent contract with the Giants this past winter after posting a brilliant 2.17 ERA across 78 2/3 innings last season for San Francisco. The 33-year-old right-hander had a 4.72 ERA in 124 innings with Boston before the July 2014 trade that sent him out west.

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.