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Volume 27 No. 5
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D-Backs Furlough Or Eliminate More Than 25% Of Employees

The D-backs on Friday "furloughed or eliminated the positions" of more than 25% of their employees in "drastic cost-cutting measures they say were made necessary by the loss of revenue" brought on by the pandemic, according to Nick Piecoro of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. The club also "cut loose 64 minor leaguers in the past two weeks, moves that portend the reality that there likely will be no minor league season this year." A source said that the D-backs are "bracing for revenue losses in the neighborhood" of $100M this season and are "expecting to take a significant hit next year, as well, even if a full season is played." The source said that remaining staff "will take pay cuts" with the amount of the reduction on a "sliding scale with salary; that is, the higher the salary the larger the cut." The source said that the "average pay cut for the remaining staff" was 15%. The majority of the cuts "came from the business side of the organization, with baseball operations going largely untouched" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 5/30). The AP's David Brandt reported the D-backs "will continue to pay their minor league players through at least the end of June" (AP, 5/29)

RED SOX IMPLEMENT PAY CUTS: In Boston, Alex Speier cited sources as saying that the Red Sox on Friday informed more than 400 employees that they "will not lay off or furlough any full-time staff members through the end of the season, but they will make pay cuts for those earning over $50,000." The group "includes just under 200 employees in baseball operations" as well as "those in the team’s business operations" (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/30).