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Wade Miley joins Reds on two-year, $15 million contract

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that the Reds and Wade Miley have come to an agreement on a two-year, $15 million contract. The deal also includes a club option for the 2022 season worth $10 million with a $1 million buyout, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Miley, 33, rode an excellent but abbreviated 2018 campaign into a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Astros for the 2019 season. He was among baseball’s best starters for most of the season, ending August with a 3.06 ERA. However, after a shaky final month, Miley finished with a 3.98 ERA and 140 strikeouts with 61 walks over 167 1/3 innings. The lefty appeared in only one game for the Astros in the postseason.

Miley will be the only lefty in the Reds’ rotation as presently constructed. He joins Luis Castillo, Trevor Bauer, Sonny Gray, and Anthony DeSclafani.

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.