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Does Collin McHugh have to pay Red Sox in 2020 under odd contract situation?

Does Collin McHugh have to pay Red Sox in 2020 under odd contract situation?

Major League Baseball officially is back, but there are still plenty of details to iron out.

Just ask Collin McHugh, who under his current contract format technically would have to pay the Boston Red Sox to pitch for them in 2020, The Boston Globe's Alex Speier explained Tuesday.

Here's how that's possible, per Speier: McHugh signed a one-year, $600,000 guaranteed contract with Boston in early March. Later that month, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association came to an agreement that would pay MLB players with guaranteed deals a $286,500 advance on their 2020 salaries.

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Now that the season is set at 60 games, however, players are set to make just 37 percent of their original 2020 salaries. In McHugh's case, that's $222,222.

So, the 33-year-old right-hander already got paid more in his advance than he's supposed to make in 2020 -- which means he technically owes the Red Sox $64,278.

How's that for a raw deal?

McHugh isn't alone, of course: Any MLB player who signed a one-year guaranteed deal worth less than $774,000 technically owes their club money in 2020.

The regular season doesn't start until July 23 -- players are set to report to spring training July 1 -- and Speier noted MLB and the MLBPA could hash out this odd situation during that time to take McHugh and Co. off the hook.

But McHugh's situation highlights how much the coronavirus pandemic already has impacted player salaries -- not to mention the bottom lines of teams missing out on the revenue of 102 lost games.

Red Sox release Brian Johnson despite lack of pitching depth

Red Sox release Brian Johnson despite lack of pitching depth

Brian Johnson apparently isn't part of the Boston Red Sox' pitching plans in 2020.

The Red Sox have released the veteran left-hander, manager Ron Roenicke confirmed to reporters Monday. Roenicke suggested Johnson requested his release so he could see the field elsewhere.

"Johnson felt like he wanted an opportunity," Roenicke said, via MassLive.com's Chris Cotillo. "Sometimes you need to go other places to get that."

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MassLive.com's Christopher Smith reported earlier in the day that Johnson left the team's alternate training site in Pawtucket to return home to Florida, and we now know why.

Johnson appeared to have a chance to crack the Red Sox' thin starting rotation before the 2020 season began. He was on Boston's 2019 Opening Day roster and made seven starts last season, posting a 6.02 ERA over 40.1 innings pitched.

The 29-year-old hasn't been called up to Boston's active roster this season, though, a sign the Red Sox don't view him as a viable option ahead of hurlers like Ryan Weber, Matt Hall, Chris Mazza, Zack Godley and Dylan Covey.

Johnson was a first-round draft pick of the Red Sox in 2012 and has spent his entire career in Boston's organization. He made his major league debut in 2015 and pitched in four different seasons for the Red Sox, compiling a 4.74 ERA over 171 innings pitched and winning a World Series with the club in 2018.

Watch Athletics' Ramon Laureano charge Astros dugout, start a brawl

Watch Athletics' Ramon Laureano charge Astros dugout, start a brawl

The Houston Astros were involved in another benches-clearing scene Sunday afternoon, this time with the Oakland Athletics.

The action started when Athletics outfielder Ramón Laureano was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning. Laureano was understandably upset after being hit. However, Laureano took his frustration too far when he started exchanging words with Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron and eventually charged Houston's dugout. 

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Check out the crazy sequence in the video below: 

Laureano shouldn't be charging the dugout, but Cintron deserves a lot of the blame for what transpired. Coaches shouldn't be getting into heated exchanges with opposing players. 

Houston is not a well-liked team right now, and opponents have not been shy about voicing their opinions of the Astros and their players ever since Major League Baseball handed down unprecedented punishment to Houston in January for its sign-stealing operation that began in 2017.

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly, who's in his second season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, was suspended eight games after almost hitting two Astros players in a July 28 game. The suspension sparked a passionate reaction from fans and players on social media, with most people quickly coming to Kelly's defense.

The Astros didn't receive any suspensions for what happened in that game against Kelly and the Dodgers. Houston probably won't be as fortunate this time -- Cintron definitely deserves a suspension for his actions.