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Oakland Athletics discussing ‘extensive layoffs’

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OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 15: A general exterior view of Network Associates Coliseum during the interleague game between the Oakland Athletics and the Montreal Expos at the Network Associates Coliseum on June 15, 2003 in Oakland, California. The Athletics defeated the Expos 9-1. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Alex Coffey and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic report that the Oakland Athletics are “discussing extensive layoffs.” At the moment the A’s are likewise the only team in Major League Baseball that has yet to commit to paying employees through May 31.

Not a great look for a club whose owner, John J. Fisher, who is an heir to the founders of The Gap, and who is estimated to be worth $2 billion or more and who is likewise looking to build a privately-financed ballpark in downtown Oakland that will, nonetheless, require public backing as far as location and infrastructure considerations go.

A’s president David Kaval did not respond to a request for comment from The Athletic.

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