Adam Rubin of ESPN New York has the news …
For the first time since April 14, New York Mets captain David Wright will play in a major league game on Monday.
Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed Sunday that Wright will be activated from the disabled list and be placed in the starting lineup for the series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
Wright landed on the disabled list in mid-April because of a hamstring injury and was diagnosed during his rehab with spinal stenosis. Collins has said that the 32-year-old third baseman won’t be an everyday player out of the gate, but that could change if Wright hits well from the jump and is feeling healthy.
He was 9-for-28 (.321) with five walks on his eight-game minor league rehab assignment.
Wright rejoins a Mets team that leads the NL East race by five games.
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?