The Major League Baseball Players Association expects to counter MLB’s financial proposal at the end of the week with a plan that includes more than 1
The disagreement over finances has ratcheted up in recent days after the league’s first draft Tuesday ranked players. In several phone calls on Wednesday, players basically promised to ignore the league’s proposals and instead offer their own, according to sources familiar with the talks.
Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer, one of eight players in the MLBPA’s powerful executive subcommittee, tweeted Wednesday night that the significant pay cuts in the league’s proposals would not be accepted and the union would remain committed to players who get their full deal.
“After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players, there is no need to cooperate with MLB in further compensation reductions,” Scherzer wrote.
– Max Scherzer (@Max_Scherzer) May 28, 2020
MLB’s proposal called for salary cuts on top of players’ calculated salaries, which would be scaled to reflect the number of games played. In MLB’s 82-game proposal, Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout would be paid less than $ 6 million instead of $ 19 million plus he would get conditions. While the pay cut would be less serious for a large string of lower-paid players, the union’s raffle game was clear and immediate.
The union’s desire to play more games can ultimately be used as a chip for a negotiation to reach a return to gaming. At present, however, if players are paid on a relationship, more games would result in a higher salary for the players. The league has balked at a longer schedule, afraid that a potential second wave of the corona virus could wipe out after the season – and the lucrative national TV money that comes with it.
In a presentation to players, MLB said it would lose a significant amount of money if games are played in 2020 and players get their full pro rata. The union has determined that a March 27 agreement between the parties guarantees them their share, while the league believes that the language of the agreement requires a negotiation with good faith in the event that games are played at empty stadiums.
The union remains skeptical of the information the league shared that showed significant losses in sports and recently submitted additional document requests to the league in search of information on local TV revenue, national TV revenue, sponsorship revenue and team forecasts.
“We have previously negotiated a pay cut in the version of comparative pay, and there is no justification for accepting a second pay cut based on the current information received by the union,” Scherzer wrote in his statement. “I am pleased to hear other players express the same point of view and believe that MLB’s financial strategy would change completely if all documentation became public information.”
MLB has proposed to play in front of no fans in games starting the first week of July, though that timeline could be pushed back if labor discussions extend and prevent spring training 2.0 beginning in mid-June.