The Cincinnati Reds are the 6th team in Major League Baseball that has committed to paying their baseball operations employees through May 31st according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
The Cincinnati Reds have joined the teams committed to paying baseball operations employees through May 31, sources tell ESPN. Among the teams known to have made similar commitments: the Braves, Phillies, Giants, White Sox and Marlins. More are expected to do so in coming days.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 20, 2020
While typing up this article the Boston Red Sox also announced that they will continue to pay their baseball operations employees through May 31st.
This is a good move by the organization. And this is on top of the $1,000,000 fund that is in place for the ballpark employees that was pledged by each team and the MLBPA a month ago. Yesterday, Rob Manfred announced that he was suspending the Uniform Employee Contracts as of May 1st, which would allow anyone who is not a player (and a few front office employees) that would give teams the right to furlough or reduce pay of employees. It allows teams to do some unpopular things, but it seems that several teams are at least committing to not doing that for the short term with the hopes that things change and we can get some baseball going on and teams can have a little more idea of whether or not they’re going to be getting that TV money for 2020 or not.