As part of ongoing negotiations concerning a return-to-play plan for a potential 2020 MLB season, league owners offered a new economic plan to the MLB Players Association (MLBPA) on Tuesday.by the players.
Owners ditched their original revenue-sharing idea in favor of a sliding scale model. In the new proposal, higher-earning players would take larger pay cuts -- while those making the minimum would get close to all of their prorated salary.
As one might expect with regards to a high-profile labor dispute within one of the country's largest leagues, the commentary from players has been rather minimal beyond what the union has said. But that doesn't mean that everyone was silent on the matter.
Some players, including Marcus Stroman, Brett Anderson and Jack Flaherty immediately had reactions to the latest proposal. Those fell in line with a report that said the players union was "very disappointed" in the league's offer.
Stroman, a Mets right-hander, said the "season is not looking promising."
This season is not looking promising. Keeping the mind and body ready regardless. Time to dive into some life-after-baseball projects. Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Brighter times remain ahead!— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) May 26, 2020
Praying that we get this figured out and back on the field soon. It’s hard to put into words how much I miss the game. Nothing compares to that feeling of excitement/nausea when taking the mound. Been craving that. However, WE must all stay positive and keep good faith daily!— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) May 26, 2020
Interesting strategy of making the best most marketable players potentially look like the bad guys— Brett Anderson (@_BAnderson30_) May 26, 2020
Another vocal individual has been former Oakland A's pitcher Dallas Braden, who serves as the team's color commentator for NBC Sports California. He points out what many have noticed, which is that this proposal appears to be one aimed at dividing the union--which would be quite advantageous for ownership.
Insulting. Unfortunately fans will not see this as an attempt by the owners to pit the high $ guys Vs. league minimum guys. What’s great for the owners is not only do they not care about that, they KNOW fans will view it as the high $ guys being selfish & not caring about others. https://t.co/WioIcwarbo— Dallas Braden (@DALLASBRADEN209) May 26, 2020
The two sides are expected to continue dialogue this week with the Players Association now set to submit a counter-proposal.