Cubs, Sox To Keep Paying Employees Through May

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(670 The Score) As the coronavirus pandemic continues and the MLB season remains suspended, the Cubs and White Sox have each committed to paying their full-time employees their base salary in May, sources told 670 The Score.

The news comes after the revelation that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred will suspend uniform employee contracts effective May 1, as the Athletic reported. That move will allow teams to furlough their employees or reduce their pay. Managers and coaches at the MLB and minor league level, select front office personnel and scouts are among those whom the uniform employee contracts apply to, the Athletic reported.

The Reds, Braves, Phillies, Marlins and Giants are among the other teams that have committed to paying their employees as usual, according to reports.

The Cubs have technically extended the commitment to their employees through the May 22 pay period, for which payment is received a week later on May 29, a source said.

It remains unclear when the MLB season could resume. The Arizona Plan has been floated, but it has also received significant pushback from some parties. That proposal would include all 30 teams playing at spring training facilities without fans in the Phoenix area while quarantining at hotels in between games.

With it appearing unlikely that fans will be allowed in MLB games in 2020, the Cubs and White Sox have also devised similar plans to compensate season-ticket holders who already put their money down.

Each team is offering the option for season-ticket holders to take 5% interest on the money that's being held for 2020. As an example, if customer John Doe chooses to take the offer, he'd receive the interest paid to him and the principal would roll over for his 2021 season-ticket payment.

Season-ticket holders will also have the option for a complete refund.