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Good morning, Athletics Nation!

The A’s have long had a reputation for tight spending and operating on a low budget, but the latest chapter in that story is a particularly unfortunate one. With an unprecedented amount of Americans out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing shutdown of most businesses, 28 MLB teams have committed to paying their employees through the end of May. A 29th, the Rays, cut some costs but are at least paying some of their employees. The only holdout yet to make an announcement, now entering the penultimate day of April, is the A’s.

An announcement will surely come out at some point, as eventually April will end and something will happen in May. That means we’ll get answers soon. In the meantime, for more info, background, and details, check out the link below for the story by Ken Rosenthal and Alex Coffey of The Athletic.


The other major news from yesterday involves the latest plan for a 2020 MLB season. We’ll likely do another post on this topic, but for now here are the quick details — and for more, check out the link below from Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

The plan would call for three divisions of 10 teams each, geographically aligned so they can all play in their own home ballparks (without fans at first, of course) while minimizing travel. That would put the A’s in a group with the Angels, Astros, Mariners, Rangers, Giants, Dodgers, D’Backs, Padres, and Rockies — so, the AL West and NL West combined.

Whatever the setup might look like in the end, reports from earlier in the week were unambiguously optimistic that there will be a 2020 season in some form, possibly even 100+ games.

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