July 25, 2021

MLB owners and players need to stop posturing and make a deal for a 2020 season (Bleed Cubbie Blue)

Let me make one thing clear before I take a dive into the latest offer made to MLB players from owners Tuesday.

I place the fault here almost entirely on team owners. While it is true that MLB owners are losing billions from not having games and having to refund tickets and not have ancillary income from concessions, parking, etc., the offer made to players is basically asking them to take more cuts in pay on top of what players already agreed to in March.

Jeff Passan of ESPN and Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic have been doing top-notch reporting on the player-owner dispute and what needs to happen before there’s a 2020 season. Let’s begin with Passan:

“The proposal involves massive additional pay cuts and the union is extremely disappointed,” the MLB Players Association said in a statement to ESPN’s Enrique Rojas. “We’re also far apart on health and safety protocols.”

The union is expected to reject the plan and counter in the coming days with a proposal that could include a longer season, sources said.

Passan’s article goes on to detail how players at different salary levels would be compensated, with the biggest cuts — 75 percent or…

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