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Red Sox sign Yairo Muñoz to minor league contract

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The Red Sox signed infielder Yairo Muñoz on Tuesday, according to the club’s transactions page. Muñoz was released by the Cardinals earlier this month after he unexpectedly left the team to return to his home in the Dominican Republic.

Muñoz, 25, has played second base, third base, and shortstop as well as in all three outfield spots across parts of two seasons in the majors. He owns a career .273/.331/.391 batting line along with 10 home runs, 55 RBI, 59 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 510 plate appearances.

Muñoz, who was battling a hamstring injury at the time of his release, will need to be added to Boston’s 40-man roster unless the plan is for him to open the season — whenever it begins — at Triple-A.

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.