July 26, 2021

MLB might make a new salary proposal to players this week (Bleed Cubbie Blue)

Today is Memorial Day. The next major national holiday, Independence Day, comes up fewer than six weeks from now. By then Major League Baseball hopes to start a 2020 season, shortened from its usual length and played in empty ballparks with health and safety protocols in place.

One of the things holding up a 2020 MLB season is a dispute between players and owners over salaries. An agreement was made between the parties on March 26 which said that players would be paid a pro-rated portion of their 2020 salaries depending on how long the season was. Owners claim the deal was only good if fans were going to be allowed in ballparks — it seems clear now they won’t — and that the agreement on pay would have to be renegotiated for the empty stadiums that now appear to be the only way to host games this year.

In The Athletic, Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich report on a potential new proposal that could be made to players this week:

Major League Baseball will not propose a full revenue-sharing system to determine player salaries for the 2020 season, people with knowledge of the league’s thinking told The Athletic. In a scheduled meeting with the Players Association on…

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