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Thursday, May 28, 2020

MLB teams release hundreds of minor league players, per report

With the sport paused indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MLB owners are searching for any possible way to keep their profit margins relatively stable and avoid taking losses this season. We’ve already heard plenty of news about organizations furloughing and laying off front office employees, and now some organizations are apparently resorting to sacrificing the future of the sport in order to cut marginal costs in the present.

As ESPN’s Jeff Passan and plenty of others reported Thursday, major league organizations are making mass minor league cuts, with more than 1,000 players in jeopardy of losing their jobs by the end of the cycle.\

Per The Score’s Robert Murray, the Mariners, Brewers, Reds, Mets, Nationals, Orioles, Rockies, Braves, Diamondbacks, and Rays will be among the teams to part ways with minor leaguers. The Mariners’ cuts appear to be the most alarming, as more than 50 players will be let go.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 28, 2020 at 05:31 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Brian Posted: May 30, 2020 at 06:39 PM (#5954537)
now some organizations are apparently resorting to sacrificing the future of the sport in order to cut marginal costs in the present.

Hardly. Each team has 6 affiliates with 25 players per plus say, 10 players injured or in the academies. Seems to me most teams could identify 50-70 players who just aren't going to make the Majors. The only impact might be reducing the pool of career minor league players who wind up managing.
   2. flournoy Posted: May 30, 2020 at 06:50 PM (#5954538)
These are mostly just guys who would have been released after spring training had MLB not frozen transactions, or released around now to open up room for new draft picks.
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 30, 2020 at 07:03 PM (#5954541)
Some teams have released more than 3 times as many minor leaguers as others. That seems like a pretty deep cut. Perhaps those teams did a great job identifying their non-prospects, and will similarly do a great job restocking their farm system when games resume, but I have some doubts. Money seems like the motivation, and I wouldn’t be surprised if those teams also cut deeply enough into their scouting and baseball operations staff to impact future operations. We might be seeing ripple effects for years.
   4. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: May 30, 2020 at 07:25 PM (#5954543)
Wasn't this long-planned, pandemic or no? They've been talking about decimating the minor leagues for quite a while now. There aren't going to be any ripple effects, unless you mean fewer teams.
   5. flournoy Posted: May 30, 2020 at 08:32 PM (#5954549)
Money seems like the motivation

Sure, insomuch as it's the motivation behind everything.

Some teams have released more than 3 times as many minor leaguers as others.

That just means there are still some teams left who are about to make some big cuts.

A bunch of minor league teams are going to be contracted, organizations' rosters were still bloated from spring training, teams are about to add a few new players via the draft, and there isn't going to be a minor league season for these guys to play anyway. Of course there were going to be a lot of cuts.
   6. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 31, 2020 at 01:25 PM (#5954592)
Some teams have released more than 3 times as many minor leaguers as others.
That just means there are still some teams left who are about to make some big cuts.
Anything is possible, but right now there’s no indication that teams that made modest reductions in minor league players are coming back for a second round of cuts to match the teams who cut 50+ players. Similarly, teams that have announced they will continue to pay their minor league players are unlikely to reverse themselves and now match the A’s May 31 cutoff. Seems more likely that we’re seeing a split between owners who prioritize saving money and/or are pessimistic about minor league operations ever fully resuming, and those owners who are willing to continue spending to better position their franchise for when baseball resumes.
   7. Sunday silence: Play Guess How long season lasts Posted: May 31, 2020 at 04:14 PM (#5954602)
what sort of "ripple effects" do you think we're going to see? More errors per game? More strike outs? More teams losing 100 games in a season?
   8. vortex of dissipation Posted: May 31, 2020 at 04:33 PM (#5954603)
With the increase in exposure for the CPBL and KBO, I wonder if more minor leaguers stuck on the bubble between MLB and MiLB will consider those a possible destination.
   9. Ron J Posted: May 31, 2020 at 10:01 PM (#5954631)
#8 Seems likely but that's only going to be an option for a handful of players.

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