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Diamondbacks begin Layoffs, Furloughs, and Pay Cuts

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Widespread cuts believed to be in place

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STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED BELOW

As first reported by Nick Piecoro of AZ Central

The Diamondbacks have begun to inform employees that the team will implement layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts as it looks to cut costs with revenues at a standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sources inform that Derrick Hall sent out an e mail informing the organization that there would be Furloughs, Layoffs, and Pay Cuts , and staff are being informed today which category they are in.

While no official word or numbers of people to be furloughed or layed off is available at this time, these cuts are likely very extensive and no department of the organization is likely to be spared. Anyone who is not furloughed or layed off is certainly getting a pay cut I’m told.

As nearly 40 million Americans have joined the unemployment rolls over the last few months it comes as no surprise that the Diamondbacks organization would be impacted as well. Personally, I have many friends and acquaintances in the organization and I hope that they’ll rebound quickly.

While there may be a reflex to lambast the team for these moves, I’ll be reserving my thoughts until the full extent and duration of these moves is clearer. No business, no entity, is immune from impact, as we’ve seen.

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By contrast, some clubs seem to have avoided going this route.

This all comes on the heels of massive cuts in the minor league system, as reported on by Jim yesterday.

This Tweet provides a bit more context to that as well

Compare and contrast:

So while small market midwest teams are holding the line, mid market Arizona is not. Not judging....yet...just reporting.

All the best to all affected.