July 24, 2021

MLB owners have sent another pay proposal to players (Bleed Cubbie Blue)

The clock’s ticking on any chance of playing a 2020 MLB season. In order to get any sort of “Spring Training 2.0” started so that games can begin around July 1, that spring training would have to begin around June 10. That’s just two weeks from tomorrow.

MLB owners have sent a new proposal on how they want to pay players this year, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today:

The plan, three persons with knowledge of the proposal told USA TODAY Sports, does not include the same 50-50 revenue-sharing split the owners agreed on two weeks ago that was never submitted to the union. The three people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity since they were not authorized to speak publicly due to ongoing negotiations.

The proposal instead includes a sliding scale of compensation, with players earning the most taking the biggest cuts and those earning the least receiving most of their guaranteed salaries.

This… I mean, this doesn’t sound like anything the players would want to do. As Nightengale points out, players already agreed to be paid on a pro-rated basis in an agreement signed with owners March 26. That would get them about 50 percent of their pay in an…

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