MLB Presenting Economic Plan To MLBPA Today

Ross Houston
May 27, 2020

Major League Baseball will not propose a full revenue-sharing system to determine player salaries for the 2020 season, people with knowledge of the league's thinking told The Athletic.

The long-awaited plan, which was delivered to the union Tuesday afternoon, proposes that high-salaried players take significant reductions of what they will be paid during a prospective season, according to sources.

The two sides will meet Tuesday to kick off negations on how to financially compensate players in the shortened season, according to Major League Baseball insider Jon Heyman. Those with higher salaries will receive a lower portion of their salary. Under that deal, players would receive slightly more than 50% of their agreed-upon salary over an 82-game season.

The players are not going to accept less money than they feel they deserve when they are putting their health on the line by playing a 2020 season.

They first reached an agreement early on in the pandemic, but that was based on fans being able to attend games.

Last week, MLB gave the union two options for baseball to return: Either rework a new financial structure or wait until fans can return to games. For that to happen, the deal would most likely have to get done this week. Per USA Today's Bob Nightengale, owners have scrapped the idea of a 50-50 revenue split and will instead suggest a sliding scale of pay reductions for players.

The league submitted its original proposal, a highly detailed 67-page manual covering topics such as testing, social distancing guidelines, and risk mitigation, on Friday.

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