The 25-year-old Alzolay tweeted Thursday that he was only receiving $18 per day for his work as part of the group at the Cubs' alternate training site at Class-A South Bend -- and suggested players had $10 taken out in dues to clubhouse attendants. Alzolay was mistaken by the details of what he's due, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said in clarifying the situation Friday.
The tweets were later deleted by Alzolay, who posted that he and the Cubs "worked it out." The Cubs didn't request that Alzolay remove the tweets, Epstein said.
"With Adbert's tweets, he was just inaccurate in some of the things he said," Epstein said. "There was a misunderstanding. Clubhouse dues are not being taken out of pay. Clubhouse dues are not expected to be paid by the players right now. Adbert, he was off on the amount of meal money that players are receiving.
"The fact still remains that minor league players are underpaid. It's not an ideal situation for them. But on top of what's being provided from the meal money and the salaries, two meals a day at the ballpark and the housing, there's also a full staff of people that are putting themselves in harm's way to really make sure the players are well taken care of -- their health, their safety and also their comfort. And that staff has really done a phenomenal job of taking care of the players.
"Social media is a big part of the way millennials communicate. That's the reality. I'm not going to hold it against somebody. I'd rather they communicate and feel comfortable sharing their opinion, even if it's not the form that I would prefer. I'm not going to sit here and tell people how to communicate."
Players at the Cubs' site in South Bend will receive their full minor league salaries once the MLB season starts in addition to $108.50 per day in allowance. They will be based in housing directly across the street from Four Winds Field in South Bend.
Player surveys have been made available in South Bend, Epstein said. The Cubs currently have 11 players at that camp site.
Alzolay made four appearances for the Cubs in 2019, when he debuted in the big leagues. He's part of the team's 60-man player pool for the shortened 2020 season.