The Oakland A’s will furlough some full-time employees during the coronavirus pandemic, beginning with scouts, reports MLB insider Jon Heyman on Tuesday. The team hasn’t yet made an official public announcement, but the news was confirmed by Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle, citing an anonymous team spokesperson.
Slusser reports in her story that pro scouts will be the first affected, with amateur scouts following after the upcoming MLB draft, but notes that other departments could also see furloughs or pay cuts ahead. Click her link above for all the details.
Later on Tuesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN added to that news with a related development, reporting that the A’s will stop paying their minor league players a weekly $400 salary at the end of May.
The A’s are not the first team to institute cuts during this pandemic, which has now caused the postponement of the first two months of the 2020 season. The Rays began furloughs at the beginning of May, and the Angels, Reds, and Marlins started informing some of their employees about furloughs over a week ago. In his tweet linked above, Passan notes that “other decisions from organizations should arrive in the coming…