Hyun-Jin Ryu is likely to have season-ending shoulder surgery

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Earlier this morning Jeff Passan reported that Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu was considering shoulder surgery. Mark Saxon reports that Ryu has decided to go ahead and have it. Assuming Saxon is right, the surgery would end Ryu’s season. Ryu left Dodgers spring training due to a sore shoulder in late March and has been unable to work his way back.

The Dodgers planned on Ryu being their third starter this year, and his production in the past has justified it: throwing 344 innings with a 3.17 ERA and 293/78 K/BB ratio since signing with Los Angeles in 2013.

But now it appears that we won’t see him in action until 2016.

 

The Royals are paying everyone. Why can’t all of the other teams?

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Over the past several weeks we’ve heard a lot of news about teams furloughing front office and scouting staff, leveling pay cuts for those who remain and, most recently, ceasing stipends to minor league players and releasing them en masse. The message being sent, intentionally or otherwise, is that baseball teams are feeling the pinch.

The Kansas City Royals, however, are a different story.

Jon Heyman reported this afternoon that the Royals are paying their minor leaguers through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended, and unlike so many other teams, they are not releasing players either. Jeff Passan, meanwhile, reports that the Royals will not lay any team employees off or furlough anyone. “Nearly 150 employees will not take pay cuts,” he says, though “higher-level employees will take tiered cuts.” Passan adds that the organization intends to restore the lost pay due to those higher-level employees in the future when revenue ramps back up, making them whole.

While baseball finances are murky at best and opaque in most instances, most people agree that the Royals are one of the lower-revenue franchises in the game. They are also near the bottom as far as franchise value goes. Finally, they have the newest ownership group in all of baseball, which means that the group almost certainly has a lot of debt and very little if any equity in the franchise. Any way you slice it, cashflow is likely tighter in Kansas City than almost anywhere else.

Yet the Royals are paying minor leaguers and front office employees while a great number of other teams are not. What’s their excuse?