Major League Baseball owners and players are in the negotiating phase of figuring out if and when a 2020 season might happen. The owners’ proposal sent Tuesday was not well received by the players.
Jeff Passan and Jesse Rogers at ESPN said the proposal “drew the ire of the players’ union.” An agent told Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich at The Athletic, “I have never seen a collective response like I’m seeing today from the players. They are livid.” The Washington Post characterized the union as “extremely disappointed” in the proposal.
On March 26 the players and owners agreed to terms for various scenarios, most notably that players would get service time if the 2020 season was canceled and the owners would get cost certainty, paying the players roughly four percent of their salaries. In that pact, players agreed to pro-rated salaries in the event of a shortened season. So in the instance of an 82-game season, players would get just over half (50.6%, 82/162) of their salary.
Now the owners are asking the players to take even deeper pay cuts, in addition to the cuts they already agreed to in March, because of the revenue lost from games played with no fans.