Report: Dodgers Employees to Receive Tiered Salary Cuts Beginning June 1

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMay 26, 2020

A blue-painted roof with Los Angeles Dodgers logo painted by South Los Angeles artist and Dodger fan Hector
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The Los Angeles Dodgers will reportedly institute tiered pay cuts for full-time employees to avoid furloughs or layoffs.

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported the pay cuts will be from zero to 35 percent and only impact employees making over $75,000. The organization's highest-paid employees will take the largest pay decreases.

MLB teams have taken different tactics to deal with the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Some, such as the Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics and Miami Marlins, plan to begin furloughs as soon as Monday.

The Dodgers are following in the footsteps of the San Francisco Giants, who last week announced pay cuts for employees making over $75,000 but no furloughs for full-time workers. The Colorado Rockies and Detroit Tigers are the only teams to guarantee employment and full salaries without an end date.

MLB estimated the Dodgers will lose $232 million this season, according to Ronald Blum of the Associated Press. The New York Yankees ($312 million) are the only team projected to lose more.

This runs contrary to most seasons, when the Dodgers and Yankees are the two richest teams in baseball. Both clubs typically draw big revenues at the gate and have massive television contracts that could go unfulfilled because of the pandemic.

The Dodgers are owned by Guggenheim Baseball Management, a group that includes NBA legend Magic Johnson and multiple billionaires led by Mark Walter.