Brewers claim Matt Dominguez off waivers from Astros

6 Comments

Milwaukee has claimed third baseman Matt Dominguez off waivers from Houston after he was designated for assignment last week.

Dominguez was a former top prospect for the Marlins and was once viewed as the long-term answer at third base for the Astros, but he’s hit just .233 with a .649 OPS in 357 games as a big leaguer and for all the praise his glove receives defensive metrics have generally graded him as average or worse.

If the Brewers trade Aramis Ramirez they could turn to Dominguez as his replacement at third base, but for now the 25-year-old has been optioned to Triple-A.

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

Getty Images
7 Comments

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?