05/26 19:46 CDT AP source: A's to place scouts on furlough; Dodgers cut pay
AP source: A's to place scouts on furlough; Dodgers cut pay
By JOSH DUBOW
AP Sports Writer
The Oakland Athletics are placing their scouts and selected other front office
employees on furlough and cutting the salaries of other executives as part of a
cost-cutting move in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A person familiar with the plans said Tuesday that the furloughs will begin
next week, although the team's amateur scouts are expected to stay on through
the draft on June 10-11. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the
team hadn't announced the moves.
The furloughs will apply to professional and amateur scouts and other front
office employees on the business side.
The A's will continue to pay the health care, 401k and pension costs for their
The person said the team also will cut pay for all front office employees
making more than $60,000 with the biggest cuts coming to the highest-paid
The Los Angeles Dodgers are reducing pay for team employees who make over
$75,000 because of the coronavirus pandemic. A team spokesman confirmed
multiple media reports that said cuts range from 15% to 35% on salaries above
$75,000. There will be no cuts for employees making less than that.
"This plan allows us to avoid organization-wide furloughs and to preserve
hundreds of jobs," the team later said in a statement. "Over the last several
weeks, we have considered every way to better withstand the challenges
presented by the virus. Today --- while we remain very hopeful that there will
be a 2020 season --- we are implementing a number of measures to reduce our
costs. We remain ready to play as soon as that becomes feasible."
The baseball season has put on hold since March because of the coronavirus
pandemic. Owners and players are in negotiations about playing an abbreviated
82-game schedule, likely without fans.
The A's are owned by John Fisher, whose family founded the clothing retailer
the Gap. Fisher is worth more than $2 billion, according to Forbes.
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