A source familiar with the situation confirmed reports Friday that the Milwaukee Brewers have decided not to furlough any members of their baseball operations staff for the entirety of the 2020 season, whether games are played or not.
The news was first reported on Twitter by ESPN’s Jeff Passan and MLB Network insider Jon Heyman. Both reported that Brewers top executives and major-league staff took pay cuts to allow everyone in the baseball department to remain employed.
The reports referred strictly to Milwaukee’s baseball operations. There has been no word about the fate of the business operations staff.
With the shutdown of the Major League Baseball season surpassing the two-month mark, many teams have notified members of their baseball operations that they would be furloughed as of June 1. The Los Angeles Angels recently decided to furlough a large segment of their baseball operations department.
MLB management and the player union currently are exchanging proposals regarding COVID-19 protocols as well as how players would be paid over an 82-game season beginning at the outset of July, with no fans. The hope is to resume spring training sometime in early or mid-June, which means the sides must reach agreement on all details in the coming days.
Teams are reported to derive between 35% and 40% of their yearly revenue from playing games, so it is a significant commitment by the small-market Brewers to keep their baseball operations staff on the payroll no matter what happens.
Reports indicated the Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs had committed to their baseball staffs through the end of June, at the least.