Adam Rubin of ESPN New York shares the plan …
Noah Syndergaard will have his start skipped in Miami in order to conserve his innings count. Fellow rookie Steven Matz will fill in on Saturday against the Marlins. The New York Mets then will go to a six-man rotation that includes both pitchers the next turn.
Matz has been sidelined since early July with a partial tear of his left lat muscle.
The 24-year-old southpaw surrendered just seven hits and two earned runs in 13 2/3 innings (two starts) with the Mets before landing on the disabled list. Matz also drove in four runs as a hitter in his debut June 28 against the Reds, becoming the first pitcher to tally four RBI in his first major league appearance.
Syndergaard is at 152 innings this season between Triple-A Las Vegas and New York. That is 15 innings north of his previous career high and the Mets want him to be 100 percent for the stretch run and postseason.
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?