Cincinnati Reds news: Baseball ops personnel to receive pay through May

CINCINNATI, OHIO - JANUARY 08: The stadium had the scoreboard displayed to welcome Shogo Akiyama as a Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO - JANUARY 08: The stadium had the scoreboard displayed to welcome Shogo Akiyama as a Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
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The Cincinnati Reds are among the majority of Major League Baseball teams that will pay their baseball ops personnel through the end of May.

According the ESPN.com, the Cincinnati Reds, along with the majority of other Major League Baseball franchises, will pay their baseball ops personnel through the end of May. This is great news for the Reds employees, as the country is still in limbo as the commissioner has hit the pause button on baseball due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With no games being played, the revenue streams have dried up. Even if, and when, baseball returns, it’ll likely be without fans in attendance. That alone will be enough to continue to impact the pocketbooks of owners throughout Major League Baseball.

According to ESPN.com, the Reds, along with the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers will be paying employees through the end of the month. The only National League Central team not mentioned was the Pittsburgh Pirates. In addition, the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets have reportedly yet to commit to paying their employees into May.

The San Diego Padres are in a very generous mood, as it’s being reported that the Friars will be paying all their baseball operations employees through what would’ve been the conclusion of the 2020 regular season.

Other teams have undergone other forms of cost-cutting measures, as Marlins CEO Derek Jeter will forego his $5M salary indefinitely. The report also mentions that furloughing lower-paid employees may be an option as well, as it’s possible that unemployment benefits may meet or exceed the salary those employees are currently making.

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It’s strange times to be sure, but it’s good to see the Cincinnati Reds and Bob Castellini are stepping to do what’s right for their baseball operations personnel. Hopefully we get to see a return to Reds baseball very soon.