As MLB and the Players’ Association continue their negotiations for the 2020 season,a lot of uncertainty remains regarding the non-playing jobs in many organizations. Many people are unsure if they will work this season or not. A few organizations have committed to paying employees through this season and retaining those jobs, but most still haven’t said much. The Brewers joined the list of organizations who will retain their baseball operations staff, as reported by Ken Rosenthal earlier today:
#Brewers’ baseball-operations staff will remain intact for entire 2020 season, sources tell The Athletic. No furloughs. Only top executives will take pay cuts.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 22, 2020
Jon Heyman adds a bit as well, saying that top executives and MLB staff will take pay cuts this year. However, no other employees on the baseball operations side will need to take pay cuts. It’s good to see the Brewers taking this step, helping keep their staff together and paid as the current situation continues.
Tom Haudricourt confirmed the report as well, adding on that this only is for the baseball operations side. The business operations side has not made any announcement yet:
Can confirm reports by @JonHeyman and @JeffPassan that #Brewers will not furlough any of their baseball operations people during entire 2020 season. This refers strictly to baseball ops. No word on business ops yet.— Tom (@Haudricourt) May 22, 2020
It’s a nice move by the Brewers, and one that they should do. So many employees are valuable to the players, and being able to keep them on staff is a positive boost for all. Not only does it help keep their team together, but it’s something they can afford.
A few other teams have also made announcements in regards to their employees as well. Jeff Passan notes that The Twins and Cardinals have also committed to keeping their full staffs through at least June. On the other side, though, the Angels decided to furlough part of their baseball operations staff. The Cubs were in the middle, guaranteeing that their employees will be employed through June, but a significant number of them took pay cuts. The Brewers are doing what they can to help their employees and giving them one less thing to worry about this year by guaranteeing their jobs will be safe.