MLB Weekly Digest June 1st Edition: MLB Submits Economic Proposal with Sliding Pay Scale


The prior week in MLB was about the league sending an economic proposal to the players’ association, MLBPA requests a longer schedule in counter-proposal and hundreds of minor-league players are released.

MLB Sends Economic Proposal to MLBPA with Sliding Pay Scale

MLB sent their new economic proposal to the MLBPA last week, which had a sliding pay scale.

The proposal would offer players with a low salary a higher percentage of their expected salary.

However, the players who have a higher wage would see a dramatic cut in their pay.

The proposal also included bonuses if postseason games are played, per Jeff Passan and Jesse Rogers of ESPN.

An excellent example of this is a player on the minimum salary ($563,500) would make about $262,000.

It’s important to note that about 65% of all players in MLB make a million or less, per Rogers.

If a player were set to make $35 million this season, his salary under the new proposal would have him earn $7.8 million, says Rogers.

The proposal has $200 million in playoff bonuses, $25 million for the completion of the division series, $50 million for completion of the league championship series, and $125 million for the completion of the World Series.

The playoff bonuses are a nice addition, but it’s still a horrible proposal.

It’s not fair to severely penalize players who have a high salary to compensate players with a low salary.

The league was considering a 50-50 revenue split with the players, but that idea was rejected by MLBPA director Tony Clark who said the idea was like having a salary cap.

It would have been interesting to see how much money the players would have received under the revenue split and compared it to the new proposal.

MLBPA Will Request A Longer 2020 Schedule, Full Prorated Salaries

The Major League Baseball Players Association submitted their counterproposal to MLB yesterday for a 2020 season, per Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic.


The proposal includes a 114-game season beginning June 30 and ending October 31.

The ability for any player to opt out of playing if they chose.

There would be expanded playoffs in 2020, 2021, and $100 million in deferred payments if the 2020 postseason is canceled, per Drellich.

The deferrals would apply to contracts of $10 million above (before being prorated). The payments would occur in November 2021 and 2022, says Drellich.

The players who are “high risk” with the coronavirus pandemic or live with someone “high-risk” can opt out of playing and still receive a full salary and service time, while other players who prefer to opt out would just get service time.

The MLBPA is open to other ways of generating additional revenue such as a postseason or offseason Home Run Derby, All-Star Game, and other special events.

The proposal by the MLBPA to increase the length of the season from 82 games to 114 and asking for full prorated salaries, allows players to receive 70% of what they expected to make during the 2020 campaign.

Hopefully, both the league and players association can agree on financial terms as it is a significant step in baseball being played in 2020.

MLB Teams Cut Hundreds of Minor League Players

The coronavirus pandemic postponed the beginning of the 2020 baseball season, and MLB teams agreed to pay minor leaguers $400 per week through May 31.

A couple of days ago, hundreds of minor leaguers were released, and more will be released over the next week.

The result could see 1,000 total players being released.

There are roster moves like this that happen throughout the year, but the coronavirus pandemic and expected cancellation of the 2020 minor league season has led to more cuts than usual, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.

There are at least 11 teams who have cut minor leaguers, according to Robert Murray.

Murray spoke to some minor-league players who said they were “terrified,” “scared,” and “nervous.”

Though, it’s a rough time to be a minor leaguer, a player in the majors has stepped up hugely.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher David Price will pay $1,000 out of his money during June to each minor league player in the Dodgers system (40-man roster not included), per Francys Romero.

The generous gesture by Price shows he is an individual with high character as he will impact the lives of 221 people.

The Dodgers have 221 minor leaguers, not on the 40-man roster.

The team did pledge to continue paying their minor-league players through June, per Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times.

Other teams have committed to paying their minor leaguers as well.

The Cincinnati Reds will continue through Sept. 7 and the Houston Astros through Aug. 31, says Passan.

The Twins are paying their minor leaguers through Aug. 31, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

A team that stands out is the Kansas City Royals as they will pay their minor leaguers for the whole year and don’t plan to release anyone, per Heyman.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore made a statement about the team’s decision to stand by their minor league players a couple of days ago, per Alec Lewis of The Athletic.

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