Players Association plans to propose longer season, insist on full prorated salaries

MLB economic proposal for sliding salary scale would hit Pirates' highest-paid players hardest

That plan featured significant pay cuts on top of the salary reductions the union agreed to two months ago. From where I sit: the players are taking the health risk, and they should not also be asked to take a huge financial risk.

"After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players, there's no reason to engage with Major League Baseball in any further compensation reductions".

In March, the MLBPA agreed to play for a prorated portion of guaranteed salaries, which would amount to a almost 50 percent pay cut for a proposed 82-game season.

"I'm glad to hear other players voicing the same viewpoint and believe MLB's economic strategy would completely change if all documentation were to become public".

Many in the industry have speculated that the 2020 deal ultimately could include deferrals on players' salaries, which would help owners with cash flow in the short term.

The economic plan submitted today by Major League Baseball will reportedly include pay cuts on a sliding scale, akin to those many organizations have undertaken with other employees - i.e., the biggest earners take the biggest percentage cuts, the lowest earners take much smaller cuts.

This has weight. Scherzer is on the union's eight-player executive subcommittee and it's not hard to envision him as the executive director of the MLBPA one day. "Let owners take some of their record revenues and profits from the past several years and pay you the prorated salaries you agreed to accept or let them borrow against the asset values they created from the use of those profits players generated". That updated proposal would suggest the league play more games than the anticipated 82 set by the owners.

But MLB's new proposal is seeking deeper cuts, with the highest-paid players giving up the biggest percentage of their prorated pay. There would also be an additional $200 million in postseason bonus money that would be given in a higher proportion to players with larger salaries.

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The Players Association had already loudly signaled its disinterest in a revenue-sharing proposal, which it views as the start of a slippery slope toward a salary cap.

Max Scherzer joined Twitter in February of 2012. The owners felt further cuts were warranted because games will be played in front of no fans because of COVID-19 and thus generate far less revenue.

Owner-player relations have been steadily devolving over the last two years as the free agent market has stagnated and players have accused too many owners of not trying to field competitive teams.

On Tuesday, owners presented the players with a compensation proposal for a shortened season that would begin in early July.

Both sides are mindful that many experts are predicting a second wave of coronavirus to hit in the fall, which has kept the sport from considering an expanded schedule that goes into November or December.

MLB told the union on May 12 it hoped to play a season in which teams would face each division rival 13 times and every club in the corresponding division in the other league six times: AL East vs. NL East, for example.

No official deadline exists right now.

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