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Braves send Jeff Francoeur to Marlins in a three-way trade also involving the Rangers


Update #2 (10:07 PM EDT): The Braves officially announced the trade. They are also acquiring Foley along with Moore. The Braves sent cash considerations to the Marlins along with International Bonus Pool Slot No. 93 to the Rangers. The Marlins sent International Bonus Pool Slots No. 37 and 97 to the Rangers.


Update (9:40 PM EDT):’s Joe Frisaro hears Marlins minor league catcher Matt Foley is also involved in the deal, though it’s not yet known to which team he’ll go. It’s also unknown if Foley does or does not live in a van down by the river.


Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Braves are sending outfielder Jeff Francoeur to the Marlins in a three-way trade also involving the Rangers. The Braves will receive minor league shortstop Dylan Moore, and the Rangers will receive international bonus money.

Francoeur, 32, has posted a subpar .249/.290/.381 triple-slash line with seven home runs and 33 RBI in 276 plate appearances. He was sharing left field for most of the season but was relegated to the bench after the Braves acquired Matt Kemp from the Padres.

Moore, 24, was selected by the Rangers in the seventh round of the 2015 draft. He has moved from Single-A Hickry to High-A High Desert. In aggregate, he’s hit .263/.377/.440 with 14 home runs, 59 RBI, 73 runs scored, and 40 stolen bases in 494 plate appearances.

The Marlins are adding to their outfield depth as Giancarlo Stanton is expected to miss the rest of the season with a strained groin. Ichiro Suzuki moved into full-time work in right field with Xavier Scruggs and Oswaldo Arcia handling backup duty.

Red Sox employees “livid” over team pay cut plan

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Even Drellich of The Athletic reports that the Boston Red Sox are cutting the pay of team employees. Those cuts, which began to be communicated last night, apply to all employees making $50,000 or more. They are tiered cuts, with people making $50-99,000 seeing salary cut by 20%, those making $100k-$499,000 seeing $25% cuts and those making $500,000 or more getting 30% cuts.

Drellich reported that a Red Sox employee told him that “people are livid” over the fact that those making $100K are being treated the same way as those making $500K. And, yes, that does seem to be a pretty wide spread for similar pay cuts. One would think that a team with as many analytically-oriented people on staff could perhaps break things down a bit more granularly.

Notable in all of this that the same folks who own the Red Sox — Fenway Sports Group — own Liverpool FC of the English Premier League, and that just last month Liverpool’s pay cut/employee furlough policies proved so unpopular that they led to a backlash and a subsequent reversal by the club. That came after intense criticism from Liverpool fan groups and local politicians. Sox owner John Henry must be confident that no such backlash will happen in Boston.

As we noted yesterday, The Kansas City Royals, who are not as financially successful as the Boston Red Sox, have not furloughed employees or cut pay as a result of baseball’s shutdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps someone in Boston could call the Royals and ask them how they managed that.