MLB Players Not Fans Of League’s Proposal To Cut Player Salaries For 2020 Season
A couple of weeks ago the MLB sent its first proposal to the MLB Players Association for how the season will start. One of the components to that proposal was that the players and the owners would split league revenue for just this season 50/50. This had some, like Tampa Bay Rays’ pitcher Blake Snell not happy, saying that he would not play during the 2020 season on a reduced salary. On Tuesday, MLB sent a proposal to the MLBPA detailing pay cuts for the 2020 season, which the players are not on-board with.
This initial proposal by MLB is just the first of many between the league and the player’s union. In a statement to ESPN, the Players Association said that they were disappointed by the league’s first offer: “The proposal involves massive additional pay cuts and the union is extremely disappointed. We’re also far apart on health and safety protocols.”
The leagues proposal is broken down as such:
To break it down further, Mike Trout is the league’s highest paid player. If this was another season without the stoppage in play, Trout would have made upwards of $37 million. Under the league’s proposal, Trout would have a base salary of around $5.75 million.
Players like Mets’ pitcher Marcus Stroman and Brewers’ pitcher Brett Anderson shared their thoughts on social media.
This 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
Interesting strategy of making the best most marketable players potentially look like the bad guys
— Brett Anderson (@_BAnderson30_) May 26, 2020
The league has a lot left to do before starting its 2020 season, but as Stroman put it, it is not looking good as of right now.