Players Association plans to propose longer season, insist on full prorated salaries

Ross Houston
May 29, 2020

Players have already agreed to accept prorated salaries for 2020 based on the number of games, which means the length of the season is significant.

MLB declined comment. On Tuesday, MLB proposed a sliding scale to the MLB Players Association by which the highest-paid players would see their salaries hit the hardest.

The proposal put forth an 82-game schedule and includes bonuses if postseason games are played, but typically favors players making less money. The union could propose suspending the luxury tax for 2020 and 2021, which in theory would give the higher-revenue teams more money to spend, and eliminating the loss of amateur draft picks for clubs signing qualified free agents.

"After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players there's no need to engage with Major League Baseball in any further compensation reductions", Scherzer wrote in a tweet Wednesday night.

He added: "Owners are asking for more salary cuts to bail them out of the investment decisions they have made".

One potential compromise might be for players to be paid for 81 games while playing a season in the 100-game range - an idea some players have discussed loosely, according to a source with knowledge of those talks.

"Throughout this process, they will be able to claim that they never had any profits because those profits went to pay off their loans", he wrote.

"The Ricketts family invested $750 million to save iconic Wrigley Field for fans today and for future generations", the team said in a statement. In exchange, players were guaranteed that if no games are played they would receive service time for 2020 matching what they accrued in 2019. These numbers ended up adjusting slightly, but they highlight how much money the top stars in the game would lose.

"Nevertheless, we thank Mr. Boras for weighing in".

Boras asked clients to "please share this concept with your teammates and fellow players when Major League Baseball request further concessions or deferral of salaries". The opening day average has been in the $4.4 million rang e since 2016.

Reds starting pitcher Trevor Bauer called out Scott Boras on Twitter for meddling in the MLB Players' Association's affairs.

In an interview with The Post Wednesday night, Boras, declining to directly address Bauer's tweet, said, "The solidarity of this player group, they're very unified". "If true - and at this point, these are only rumors - I have one thing to say".

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