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Report: Rangers to sign Lance Lynn to three-year deal

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MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers are nearing a three-year deal with starter Lance Lynn. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the deal is worth $30 million in total.

Lynn, 31, pitched for the Twins and Yankees last season, posting an aggregate 4.77 ERA with a 161/76 K/BB ratio in 156 2/3 innings across 29 starts and two relief appearances. He pitched much better after the Twins traded him to the Yankees ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. With the Twins, he had a 5.10 ERA with 100 strikeouts and 62 walks in 102 1/3 innings. With the Yankees, he had a 4.14 ERA with 61 strikeouts and 14 walks in 54 1/3 innings.

Coming off of a strong 2017 season with the Cardinals, Lynn had to settle for a one-year deal with the Twins, so it’s a bit surprising that he was able to get a three-year deal coming off of a comparatively weaker campaign.

Lynn will join a starting rotation that currently includes Mike Minor, Drew Smyly, Edinson Volquez, Yohander Méndez, and Ariel Jurado.

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.