Report: MLB allowing teams to furlough non-player staff as of May 1

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As of May 1, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred will suspend Uniform Employee Contracts so clubs will be able to furlough team employees or reduce their pay, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Teams will reportedly be informed on Monday of the measures being taken to help deal with financial shortfalls related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Decisions related to the potential furloughs will be up to team discretion, and these actions will be optional. The Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and San Francisco Giants have all agreed to pay staff through the end of May.

The suspension of Uniform Employee Contracts will not impact player salaries. Instead, these provisions could directly affect managers at both the major-league and minor-league levels, some front-office staff, and scouts.

All 30 teams had committed to paying team employees through April 30 after each club pledged $1 million in March.

Last week, Manfred announced he and other senior MLB staffers would be taking pay cuts for 2020.

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