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Mariners first baseman Ryon Healy to miss 4-6 weeks after hand surgery

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The Seattle Mariners acquired first baseman Ryon Healy from the A’s in November. Healy, who has hit .282/.313/.475 with 38 homers in 221 games in Oakland over the past two seasons, is projected to serve as the regular first baseman for the Mariners in 2018.

He won’t be doing it for a while, though. It was reported yesterday that he was undergoing tests on his hand, after he began to experience pain following offseason workouts. The results are back and they’re not good:

Two days into spring training and the M’s are already down a man. Until Healy can come back, it will be either Mike Ford, Daniel Vogelbach, Ben Gamel or some combination of them manning first base.

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.