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The MLBPA rejects the owners proposed pay cuts

By Edwin on June 1, 2020
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MAY 08: A general view of a statue of Chicago White Sox Hall of Fame player Harold Baines is seen in the outfield of Guaranteed Rate Feld, home of the White Sox, on May 08, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The 2020 Major League Baseball season is on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

On Sunday the Major League Baseball Players association counter offered the MLB owners proposal to start the 2020 season. The MLBPA proposed a 114-game season to start June 30th and end October 31st along with endorsing an expanded postseason. They as well included what may be the dealbreaker in this offer which is no additional pay cuts unless of the event of the postseason being canceled then their salaries would be deferred.

Last week the MLB owners proposed their plan to the MLBPA but it was received negatively due to pay cuts. The owners wanted to cut the salaries of the players by as much as 80%. The pay cut would be so significant that a $35 million player can have his salary cut to $7.8 million for an 82-game season.

This proposal was received so negatively that sport’s agent Scott Boras sent out a memo to the MLB players he represents saying, “Players should not agree to further pay cuts to bail out the owners. Let owners take some of their record revenues and profits from the past several years and pay you the prorated salaries you agreed to accept or let them borrow against the asset values they created from the use of those profits players generated.”

The league’s owners stand firm on their position of wanting to cut players’ salaries. It is believed that some small market teams are willing to throw the season if there are no cuts to salaries.

A counteroffer may soon come from the owners. Currently there is no deadline for the players and owners to come upon an agreement.

Opening Day was originally scheduled March 26. The last pitch thrown was on March 12th durring spring training.