The injury-depleted New York Yankees have signed 1B/LF/DH Logan Morrison to a minor league deal.
Morrison had a terrible 2018, hitting .186/.276/.368 with 15 home runs, a .644 OPS and -0.7 fWAR through 359 plate appearances. To top it all off his season ended early thanks to a left hip impingement, for which he had to undergo season-ending surgery. He did have a nice season with Tampa Bay in 2017, though, hitting 38 homers. Given that they’ve lost Greg Bird for an extended period it costs nothing and could be worth something to see if he has anything left.
As Morrison had no spring training he’ll be off to Tampa for a good while before reporting to Scranton, after which the Yankees will see if he fills any holes. If he does, he’ll make a prorated $1 million in the bigs.
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.