Major League Baseball just proposed a deal for a shortened 2020 season. While many on the players' side have attempted to dismiss that language as vague or noncommittal, it's hard to envision why else it would be in there if not to reconsider player compensation in the event of games without fans, as would be the case at least for the outset in July.More news: JK Rowling releases children's book 'The Ickabog' online for free
If anything, Tuesday's proposal, put forth by Major League Baseball in a digital meeting with the Players Association, seemed to widen the gap between the two sides. What is known is this: the divide between players and owners is enormous and it's not alarmist to say that the status of the 2020 season is, for now, precarious.
"Owners are asking for more salary cuts to bail them out of the investment decisions they have made", Boras said.More news: Australian rugby star Xerri tests positive for performance-enhancing drugs
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. The owners' current problem is a result of the money they borrowed when they purchased their franchises, renovated their stadiums or developed land around their ballparks. A rookie at the league minimum would keep about 47 percent of his original salary while players like Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole would lose more than 77 percent. "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". "I think the players have a very clear understanding of what they want to do and the basis for it, and they're unified in their goal". These billionaires want the money for free. Banks demand loans be repaid with interest. Instead, he'll have a base salary of $5,748,577 - and that's only if he played in every game. "In 2019, the Cubs had one of the top baseball payrolls in the game".
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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.