This winter Joe Kelly joked (or at least it seemed like a joke) that he was going to win the Cy Young award for the Red Sox this season, but now he might be headed back to the minors at age 27.
Kelly failed to make it out of the second inning Monday against the Twins, allowing seven runs while recording five outs, and he’s now 1-4 with a 6.24 ERA in nine starts this season.
Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that the Red Sox are thinking about demoting Kelly to Triple-A, with Eduardo Rodriguez likely tabbed as his replacement. According to McAdam “he’s clearly on thin ice” and Kelly may only have one more start to keep his job.
Kelly, who was acquired from the Cardinals last July as part of the Allen Craig/John Lackey trade, has a 3.78 ERA in 376 career innings despite being unable to turn his mid-90s fastball into a good strikeout rate.
Francys Romero reports that, according to his sources, Dodgers pitcher David Price will pay $1,000 out of his own money to each Dodgers minor leaguer who is not on the 40-man roster during the month of June.
That’s a pretty amazing gesture from Price. It’s also extraordinarily telling that such a gesture is even necessary.
Under a March agreement with Major League Baseball, minor leaguers have been receiving financial assistance that is set to expire at the end of May. Baseball America reported earlier this week that the Dodgers will continue to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week past May 31, but it is unclear how long such payments would go. Even if one were to assume that the payments will continue throughout the month of June, however, it’s worth noting that $400 a week is not a substantial amount of money for players to live on, on which to support families, and on which to train and remain ready to play baseball if and when they are asked to return.
Price’s generosity should be lauded here, but this should not be considered a feel-good story overall. Major League Baseball, which has always woefully underpaid its minor leaguers has left them in a vulnerable position once again.