Phillies Will Reportedly Undergo a Round of Buyouts and Layoffs

Following a stinky end to their 2020 campaign, the Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly looking to cut organizational costs.

This report comes from The Athletic‘s Matt Gelb, who writes:

“Citing a loss of more than $145 million this year and similar budget projections — absent a coronavirus vaccine — in 2021, the Phillies this week began the process to “meaningfully reduce our costs as an organization” by offering many full-time employees a buyout package.

The team’s ownership had pledged to not impose layoffs through Oct. 31, but multiple club sources indicated layoffs are now expected in addition to the buyouts. The buyout package — which offers eligible employees one week’s worth of salary for every year of employment with the Phillies, plus subsidized health benefits and a $10,000 lump-sum payment — targets many of the organization’s employees who are not in baseball operations.”

Perhaps they should lay off Matt Klentak and Andy MacPhail? Two underperforming members of the organization right there. If the layoffs are based on merit, or lack thereof, then these two should be the first to take a hike. Maybe they are doing this backwards and should start with baseball operations before axing the people who actually seem to know what they’re doing.

Bummer for these employees. It seemed like we might be out of the woods on the layoffs and buyouts front, but apparently not.

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