The Oakland Athletics will stop paying their minor leaguers after May 31.
Players were receiving $400 a week as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hurt organizations around the league.
In addition to this, according to ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez, the A’s are expected to furlough most of their baseball operations staff with those remaining taking pay cuts.
The A’s will furlough their professional scouts next week and their amateur scouts after the 2020 Amateur Draft is completed.
The club did not pay the $1.2 million rent payment on their stadium. That payment was due on the first of April. The club said that since they haven’t used it, “they were not able to generate revenue and they have no ability to pay.”
If a 2020 regular season happens, the A’s may not be able to use RingCentral Coliseum as their home ballpark.
Unlike the Athletics, some teams have announced they will continue paying players through the May 31 date.
The MLB and Players Association continue to negotiate on the start of the season. Recently, there was a bump in the road as the league proposed a deal that would see players taking significant pay cuts.
Who knows what comes next, but hopefully those that are furloughed or released will find jobs soon enough. Either way, this will be difficult for the Athletics’ minor leaguers.
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