The Padres announced that pitchers Reggie Lawson and Andres Muñoz had Tommy John surgery.
Muñoz broke into the big leagues last year at age 20 and provided 23 innings of reasonably effective relief work. He threw gas before this injury and figured to have a relatively large role to play in San Diego’s excellent bullpen. Having guys like Kirby Yates, Drew Pomeranz, Emilio Pagan and others around makes the loss much easier to absorb, but it would have been fun to see Muñoz get a full shot at truly establishing himself in the majors.
Both MLB Pipeline and Baseball Prospectus rank Lawson as the Padres’ 16th-best prospect, which is no small achievement given the organization’s embarrassment of riches in their farm system.
The two right-handers will miss fewer games than they normally would because of the delayed season, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s usually somewhere around a year-and-a-half recovery timeline for Tommy John surgery, so they could be ready to go for next year’s stretch run.
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.