The Nationals will reportedly pay minor-league players in their farm system $300 per week for the month of June, The Athletic's Britt Ghiroli and Emily Waldon first reported.
The Nationals cut 30 players & will pay the remaining MiLBers $300/wk- a 25% cut.— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) May 31, 2020
"I wish the owners really weighed how much that $100 they cut us back is saving them vs how much it helps puts food on the table for us & our families.”
With @EmilyCWaldon: https://t.co/ztG2YokBEY
The new pay rate for the players in Washington's system is a drop of $100 per week - or 25% from the $400 teams had pledged to pay their inactive minor league players each week up until May 31. The Washington Post also reported the move.
Can confirm that Nationals minor leaguers will be paid $300 a week in June. The organization did cut a few dozen minor leaguers last week, according to two sources. First to report these details: @EmilyCWaldon + @Britt_Ghiroli.— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) May 31, 2020
That change in salaries for Nationals' minor-league players comes after hundreds of minor leaguers across baseball were released on Thursday due to the coronavirus pandemic, including players in Washington's system. The cuts were attributed to there likely being no minor-league season at all. Around 30 players were let go Thursday from the Nationals system, The Athletic's story stated.
Though Washington has pledged to pay remaining minor leaguers for June, it is the only franchise that has stated it will be doing so at that rate of $300. Other teams have stuck with the $400 figure so far - except the Oakland Athletics, who informed players they would not be paid after May 31.
NBC Sports Washington reported last week that the Lerner Family announced there would be no furloughs or layoffs for the Nationals' staff - though pay cuts range from 10% to 25% and will not go back up even if there is a baseball season.
Releases of minor-league players and cuts in pay are just the latest fallout from what is slowly becoming a lost season for baseball. Though there is still optimism that a 2020 season will happen, at least for Major League Baseball, the two sides trying to negotiate a safe and fair deal continue to hit road bumps. Disagreements in salary, safety measures and other factors have talks continuing on into June between owners and the MLB Players' Association.
As the calendar turns to another month, MLB remains in a tough position. Problems exist now, and the current landscape could lead to future struggles for the game of baseball.
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