Angels Furlough of 200 Baseball Ops Employees -- Biggest So Far in MLB
The Los Angeles Angels have informed 200 baseball operations employees they will be furloughed as of June 1, according to sources within the organization. It is the largest known action by a Major League team involving the baseball side of its operation in reaction to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Angels will cover the employees' health care through either the end of the year or the end of their contracts. The team set up an assistance fund, which is currently at $1 million, in order to provide grants on a needs basis. Major league coaches have not been affected but some senior-level baseball-operations employees have also taken pay reductions, some of them up to 35 percent.
The scouting department, however, has been pushed aside -- including the amateur scouts, whose departure will come the week before the first-year player draft.
Is that a wise place to make reductions? John Hickey from @insidetheathletics has that story:
The Link Between Home Run Baker, Jimmie Foxx and Arte Moreno
At a time when scouts like Home Run Baker could make a Foxx-ian difference, the Angels are furloughing almost all of their scouts.
The Cincinnati Reds recently announced furloughs and pay reductions impacting less than 25 percent of their baseball-operations employees, and the Miami Marlins were reportedly expected to furlough up to 100 baseball-operations employees.
With proposed plans for a re-start of the season, clubs are moving to scale down their non-major-league baseball operations. The big-league roster is expected to include 30 active players and 20 players in a reserve role if an agreement to resume play is reached. Teams, however, will not field minor league teams, a move underscored by the fact they are limiting the annual first-year player draft to only five rounds instead of the recent 40 rounds.
As a result, they are furloughing personnel involved at that level, in addition to scouts, and employees in their analytics departments.