MLB salary proposal: Explaining the controversial pay cuts owners want players to accept

first_imgMLB on Tuesday proposed salary reductions to all players for 2020 that would drastically alter earnings around the league, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.Rather than simply prorate salaries to an 82-game (or thereabout) season, MLB wants to cut more than half of what players would typically be owed under their contracts. Tuesday also brought front-office furloughs and pay cuts around baseball, from the free-spending Dodgers to the A’s.Further budget-trimming around the league could be imminent as teams try to limit losses during the pandemic.A couple of players have reacted to Tuesday’s news, and we’ll add more reactions as they come in:It’s getting very irritating that all of the information regarding the start of the baseball season is getting leaked before 95% of the players can even see it.— Jake Diekman (@JakeDiekman) May 26, 2020Insulting. Unfortunately fans will not see this as an attempt by the owners to pit the high $ guys Vs. league minimum guys. What’s great for the owners is not only do they not care about that, they KNOW fans will view it as the high $ guys being selfish & not caring about others. https://t.co/WioIcwarbo— Dallas Braden (@DALLASBRADEN209) May 26, 2020Pretty unreal that a “confidential negotiation” is in the press before players even have a chance to see it. #goodfaithnegotiations— Deck McGuire/ 덱 맥과이어 (@deckmcguire) May 26, 2020This season is not looking promising. Keeping the mind and body ready regardless. Time to dive into some life-after-baseball projects. Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Brighter times remain ahead!— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) May 26, 2020 The league and its players are negotiating possible contract terms for an abridged 2020 season this week.Passan outlined the manner in which proposed cuts would impact both ends of the MLB earnings scale. Those slated to get $35 million this year — such as Nolan Arenado, Stephen Strasburg and Gerrit Cole — would receive less than $8 million under the league’s suggested terms. Those in line to get the usual minimum of $563,500 would instead get $262,000.Seen another way: 82-game prorated salaries vs. MLB’s proposalFull Proposalprorated$285K $262K$506K $434K$1.01M $736K$2.53M $1.64M$5.06M $2.95M$7.59M $4.05M$10.1M $5.15M$12.7M $6.05M$15.2M $6.95M$17.7M $7.84M— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 26, 2020MORE: Quirks of the Nats’ World Series ringThe MLBPA is not on board with the proposal and is “disappointed” at the offering, according to ESPN.last_img read more

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