Tuesday marked the day of another step forward in the realization of an abbreviated 2020 Major League Baseball season.
Seemingly, financial compensation is the only thing holding up the actualization of when players will eventually take the field.
Last week, several governors of the country’s largest states showed willingness to host professional sports within their municipalities, as most states are finally backing off on stay at home requirements. A 67-page health and safety plan drafted by the MLB has still yet to be approved by the players union, although many pundits feel it is not much more than a formality.
On Tuesday, the owners approved a proposal that will be sent to the union for consideration, according to reports. Although the original intent of the owners was to put a 50/50 revenue sharing plan in place—which was indirectly rejected by the union several weeks ago—the owners now are believed to have asked the players to sign off on a “sliding scale of compensation” that would trim the salaries of the players.
Apparently, the players who make the most money will be the most affected.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports was among the first to share the news of the proposal. Jon Heyman of MLB Network indicated not long after that representatives from the owners and the union were set to meet later on Tuesday to discuss the new plan.
Nightengale evidently based his report on information from three people with knowledge of the proposal who preferred to remain anonymous.
Per Nightengale’s report, “the proposal includes a sliding scale of compensation, guaranteeing players a percentage of their salary during different intervals of the season, while also including a larger share of postseason money. The players earning the highest salaries would be taking the biggest cuts, while those earning the least amount of money would receive most of their guaranteed salaries, with the union determining the exact percentage splits.”
If both sides agree on this new proposal, the deal would result in the players taking an additional pay cut based on no fans in attendance for an 82-game season, after already agreeing to be paid on a pro-rated basis that reduces their pay by almost 50%.
It is widely believed that an agreement will eventually happen, but it is speculated that there will indeed be some type of pushback from the union, creating the need for further negotiations.
Nightengale stated that while there’s no “hard deadline” for the negotiations to be resolved, the two sides would likely need to reach an agreement within the next week or so if the season can begin during the first week of July.