Jon Morosi reports that lefty pitcher Jaime García is expected to retire, closing the book on a career that spanned 2008-18.
García, 32, pitched for the Cardinals for eight years and also spent time with the Twins, Cubs, Yankees, Braves, and Blue Jays. He racked up 1,135 innings in the big leagues, compiling a 3.85 ERA with 925 strikeouts and 369 walks. He was among the Cardinals’ more reliable starters earlier this decade, but injuries quickly became a perisstent issue.
García finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2010. More importantly, he won a championship with the Cardinals in 2011. As Morosi notes, García joined Fernando Valenzuela as the only Mexican-born pitchers to start a World Series game.
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.