Updates on the Work Stoppage

There’s been a bunch of little news items today, including some recent news from the Pittsburgh Pirates. I’ll include the links to the items here.

The Pirates announced some furloughs and pay cuts related to the work stoppage. We are probably going to hear more of these from other teams, with most of them promising earlier in May to cover employees through June 1st. The Angels just made HUGE cuts to their baseball ops staff, and the Cubs have also made recent money-saving cuts. There could be more, but those are the two I saw today. Here’s the message from team president Travis Williams:

The pay cuts on the baseball operations side range between 5-25% and are for employees who make more than $50,000.

Ken Rosenthal provided some good news on the baseball ops side.

As far as the work stoppage goes, here are some tweets from Jon Heyman and Jeff Passan about the situation.

Passan said in a second tweet that “The MLBPA’s response should represent a step forward in negotiations with the league on striking a broader deal for baseball to return. While there remains a chasm with regards to pay, the shared interest of health and safety should provide groundwork for further discussions.”

Jon Heyman says that a 50/50 revenue split almost certainly won’t be accepted by the players

Ken Rosenthal has an article on the Athletic about how baseball execs would handle the proposed safety changes.

If there’s more news, I’ll update this article.

UPDATE

Joel Sherman says that the MLBPA sent their response to the proposal. Here are his updates:

and this from talks with players and agents

And this tweet about testing often. This was talked about from the start and shouldn’t be an issue. MLB wanted to start play when their frequent testing wouldn’t affect the public’s ability to test.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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