Jeff Passan of ESPN reported this morning that Commissioner Rob Manfred sent a memo this morning committing to paying league employees through at least May 31. Manfred also wrote that senior staff in the league — including himself — will reduce their pay, on average, by 35 percent for 2020.
MLB will likewise continue making scheduled financial distributions to teams throughout April and May which “will assist the Clubs in paying the salary advances that are being made to players.” That refers to the agreement entered into last month in which players will receive an advance of $170 million for the months of April and May. Major League Baseball, meanwhile, is still brainstorming multiple scenarios for how to conduct some portion of the baseball season in the face of the ongoing pandemic.
Yesterday it was reported that the Atlanta Braves have committed to paying team employees through May 31. Other clubs, presumably, will follow theirs and the league’s lead in this regard.