Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association remain determined to agree to terms on a truncated 2020 MLB season. The coronavirus has now suspended the season by more than two months, but both sides are working hard towards finding a way to start up play.
Not surprisingly, there have been quite a handful of holdups. And right now it appears the largest one is perhaps the most common holdup in sports negotiations: money.
According to numerous reports, the league sent out its most recent financial proposal to the Players Association on Tuesday afternoon. The proposal includes tiered pay cuts, with the highest-paid players taking the largest pay cuts, and those on minimum deals and rookie scale contracts taking the smallest pay cuts. The proposal was first reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
The top earners in the league could reportedly make less than 40% of their standard pay.
Exact percentages in MLB proposal aren’t known, but people involved estimate the best-paid stars — Trout, Cole, Verlander, Scherzer, etc — might make about 20-30 percent of their full salary over 82 games plus postseason. So for Cole, for instance, that’d be not 36M but…