The owners and players of Major League Baseball continue to negotiate the terms of a shortened season, although it seems that the owners have finished making concessions. And if things move in favor of the owners, it will cost some of the biggest stars in the game millions of dollars.
By MLB on Fox reporter Ken Rosenthal, the proposal of the league proposes a season of 60 games starting on July 19 or 20 and spanning 70 days. Players will receive full prorated wages, waive any potential grievances, and participate in extended playoffs in 2020 and 2021. The league wants to create a 16-team playoff format instead of the current 10-team system.
As players decide whether to accept the deal, MLB already has backup plans in place. By Jon Heyman, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred would set a schedule of 50 to 60 games if the players voted no.
This power was given to Manfred in a March 26 agreement on player compensation. According to the agreement, Manfred could implement a structure of his choice and that of the owners, but the teams had to pay salaries pro rata according to the number of games.
However, in this scenario, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLPBA) would certainly not agree to extend the playoffs and would still have the right to grieve.
If the 60-game season is approved, baseball will be back on the field in a month. But it will be expensive for the highest paid players in the league.
As Darren Rovell Reports, with players earning about a third of their salary, nine different players will lose more than $ 20 million this season.
Mike Trout, who would win $ 13.9 million in 60 games, is the biggest loser, leaving $ 23.7 million on the table. Pitchers Gerrit cole and Max Scherzer, who will each earn $ 13.3 million this year, will lose almost as much. Cole will forfeit $ 22.7 million and Scherzer to $ 22.6 million in 2020.
Justin Verlander ($ 12.2 million salary), Manny Machado, $ 11.85 million in wages), and David Price ($ 11.85 million in salary) make up the top nine best-paid players for the 2020 season. Verlander will lose $ 20.8 million, while Machado and Price will each lose $ 20.2 million.
Of course, the players are still doing pretty well. Even Machado and Price, the lowest paid on this list, will make just under $ 200,000 per game.
But no matter how much money you make, losing 63% of your salary overnight. And this is the reality that MLB players face. Will they accept this new proposal or risk letting Manfred and the owners set their own schedule anyway?