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Royals will continue to pay Minor Leaguers

@FlannyMLB
May 29, 2020

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals will not be releasing any Minor Leaguers and will continue to pay them through the end of the Minor League season, general manager Dayton Moore said in a Zoom call Friday. While some MLB teams have authored several releases of Minor Leaguers during the baseball

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals will not be releasing any Minor Leaguers and will continue to pay them through the end of the Minor League season, general manager Dayton Moore said in a Zoom call Friday.

While some MLB teams have authored several releases of Minor Leaguers during the baseball shutdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Royals decided on Friday to continue to commit to paying their Minor Leaguers.

Moore confirmed that his conversations with owner John Sherman, who took over ownership from David Glass last fall, were entirely about preserving what Moore has often referred to as the “Royal Way” -- doing what is right for the Royals and their employees.

“The Minor League players,” Moore said, “the players you never know about, the players that never get out of Rookie ball, those players have as much to do about the growth of the game than as any 10-year or 15-year veteran players.”

Moore also confirmed several reports, including from MLB.com, that the Royals will not engage in layoffs or furloughs through the rest of the 2020 pandemic. While some of the high-salaried employees with Kansas City will take some pay cuts, those cuts will be restored once baseball’s revenue reaches normal levels again.

“We’re extremely fortunate and blessed to have John Sherman and all the investors as part of our organizational group,” Moore said. “He asks great questions. Our conversations are lengthy and full of depth and substance.”

Baseball was shut down on March 12 due to the concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I got an update today from our organization, and we’ve had 1,240 Zoom calls within our organization since we left Spring Training,” Moore said. “It has been a joy to work with [Sherman] and our organization.

“A lot of those conversations have been with players, and a lot of those have been one-on-one with those players, 180 of those have been specific to our pitching program and to our hitting programs. We’ve taken this time to communicate better with our staff and everyone in the organization.

“We all started out in the lower levels of baseball. We started out as scouts and coaches. We understand what a Minor League player goes through. A lot of our [Zoom] calls have been with Minor League players.”

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB.