The Major League Baseball owners’ proposal of drastic salary cuts in addition to pro-rated salary already agreed to by the players in March, has fallen flat. The most pointed response to date came from Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, a member of the MLB Players Association executive subcommittee.
“After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players there’s no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions,” Scherzer tweeted on Wednesday night. “I’m glad to hear other players voicing the same viewpoint and believe MLB’s economic strategy would completely change if all documentation were to become public information.”
The owners on Tuesday proposed a graduated pay cut in addition to the pro-rated salaries the players already agreed to in March, with higher salaries getting cut the most. Mike Trout, for instance, would see his $36 million salary for 2020 reduced to just under $5.6 million for an 82-game season.
Similarly, the three-time Cy Young Award winner Scherzer’s salary for 2020 is $35 million for a full season. Pro-rated to 82 games, he’d be at $17.7 million. With the owners’ proposal, his salary would be reduced…