Jake Peavy didn’t pitch in 2017, but it wasn’t because he couldn’t convince someone to let him. As we wrote around the time spring got underway, Peavy was going through a lot of personal struggles last offseason, still reeling from being one of the victims of a major investment scam and then dealing with a divorce that made him, quite understandably, want to spend time at home with his children while he sorted all of that out. He took the year off.
It’s been a while now, and Peavy seems to be in a better place. He also wants to pitch again, Mark Feinsand reports.
Peavy is somehow still only 36 — he’ll turn 37 early next season. His 2016 season was not good, as he posted a 5.54 ERA in 118 2/3 innings with the Giants, but one wonders if him being in a better headspace and having a year of rest on his right arm will make him a useful pitcher in 2017. He’ll have to work his way on to a team via a minor league invite, but you figure at least one club might give the 2007 Cy Young Award winner some locker space to find out if he has anything left in the tank.
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.