Baseball Wiretap

Players Balk At MLB's Proposal To Cut Salaries

May 27, 2020 8:41 AM

Major League Baseball presented an economic proposal to the players' union on Tuesday that was immediately met with negativity.

According to sources, the proposal called for a significant cut in salaries that would affect all players and particularly baseball's highest paid stars.

The long-awaited plan, which kicked off negotiations about a return to baseball, proposed a marginal salary structure in which the lowest-paid players would receive close to a full share of their prorated salary and the game's stars receive far less than expected.

The plan also included an 82-game schedule that would begin in early July after a 21-day spring training. Teams would play three exhibition games in the final week before starting a regular season that would finish Sept. 27.

The MLB Players Association said in a statement: "The proposal involves massive additional pay cuts and the union is extremely disappointed. We're also far apart on health & safety protocols."

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Marcus Stroman: The 'Season Is Not Looking Promising'

May 27, 2020 8:50 AM

In the wake of Tuesday's Major League Baseball proposal to the players, some have become pessimistic about the 2020 season being played at all.

MLB's economic plan called for major salary reductions, especially among the game's highest-paid stars.

Marcus Stroman, Brett Anderson and Jack Flaherty immediately reacted to the latest proposal.

Stroman said the "season is not looking promising."

The two sides are expected to continue dialogue this week with the Players Association now set to submit a counter-proposal.

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Dodgers Implementing Salary Cuts To Avoid Furloughs, Layoffs

May 27, 2020 8:35 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers will implement a system of tiered salary cuts instead of imposing furloughs or layoffs on full-time employees due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The salary cuts -- which will range from 0 to 35% or more for top executives and will start June 1 -- will affect only full-time employees making more than $75,000 a year, according to sources.

In a statement, the Dodgers said higher-paid employees will take a larger share of the reductions.

"This plan allows us to avoid organization-wide furloughs and to preserve hundreds of jobs," the statement said.

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Athletics To Have Furloughs, Salary Cuts

May 27, 2020 8:27 AM

The Oakland Athletics have implemented a system of furloughs and salary reductions that will impact the majority of their baseball-operations department, according to sources.

Oakland's professional scouts will be furloughed next week and amateur scouts will be furloughed shortly after the June 10-11 draft. According to sources, about three-quarters of the club's player-development staff is believed to be bracing for furloughs, which typically run through the end of October.

Layoffs have not been implemented, but baseball-operations employees who were not furloughed will face pay reductions.

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Dodger Stadium Opens As Coronavirus Testing Facility

May 27, 2020 8:21 AM

Dodger Stadium has opened as a coronavirus testing facility that is considered to be the largest in the state of California.

The drive-through testing site has the capacity to test 6,000 people daily. The tests will be conducted from the stadium parking lot, with large video monitors explaining the process in hopes of maximizing efficiency.

Dodger Stadium's testing capacity is three times greater than any other site in Los Angeles County.

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MLBPA Expected To Propose Deferred Payments On Prorated Salaries

May 26, 2020 8:44 AM

The Major League Baseball Players Association is expected to propose deferring portions of their prorated 2020 salaries as part of ongoing negotiations over the structure of the 2020 season.

The league is expected to make a new economic proposal to the players union when the sides meet on Tuesday.

Owners initially proposed a 2020 revenue split, but players balked.

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Angels Make Significant Cuts To Scouting Department

May 26, 2020 8:37 AM

There remains optimism that Major League Baseball will return this year, but that hasn't stopped teams from cutting costs.

The Los Angeles Angels will be trimming their scouting department heading into June, according to sources.

The Angels have the 10th overall pick in the draft. They will furlough their area scouts after they issue payment on May 31.

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Jung Ho Kang Suspended One Year By KBO For Past DUIs

May 26, 2020 8:31 AM

Jung Ho Kang has been suspended for one year by the Korea Baseball Organization for multiple drunken driving offenses.

Kang, 33, was also ordered to complete 300 hours of community service during Monday's hearing, which he did not attend because he is in the United States.

His suspension will begin once he signs with a KBO team. The Kiwoom Heroes, for whom he played during his last season in the league in 2014 when they were the Nexen Heroes, still own his rights.

Kang, who was released by the Pirates last year after four seasons with the team, applied for reinstatement to the KBO from the league's voluntary retired list last week.

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Japanese Baseball To Start June 19 Without Fans

May 26, 2020 8:24 AM

Japan's professional baseball season will start on June 19 under a plan without fans.

Commissioner Atsushi Saito made the announcement on Monday after an online meeting with representatives of the league's 12 teams.

"I hope we can provide some guidance for sports other than professional baseball," Saito said. "It is important to operate cautiously according to our guidelines."

The announcement came as the state of emergency was lifted in Tokyo and on the northern island of Hokkaido by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The state of emergency was lifted earlier this month for other parts of the country.

The season was supposed to have started on March 20 but the start was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Rays Open Tropicana Field For Limited Workouts

May 26, 2020 8:21 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays opened Tropicana Field to limited workouts on Monday and 14 players took part.

"It was good to see some smiling faces," Kevin Cash said on a video conference call with reporters.

Those in attendance played catch, took part in conditioning exercises and worked out in a makeshift weight room on the field. Cash said everyone at the facility was wearing a mask, but the players were allowed to take them off while they were working out.

"Obviously the main priority is being safe and stuff like that," Austin Meadows said. "We'll take anything that we need to do, any precaution we need to take just to get out there and play again. I think a lot of guys can say the same thing. ... I trust MLB, I trust the union just to gather a plan together to keep us safe."

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