MLB players reportedly want more games, no more pay cuts

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Major League Baseball and its players still disagree about pay, should the baseball season resume. 

According to the Associated Press, the players are likely to counter MLB’s sliding pay scale offer with a proposal that calls for more regular-season games than the 82-game schedule the owners reportedly approved a couple of weeks ago. They also apparently have no interest in further pay cuts from the prorated salaries agreed upon in March. 

The union held a conference call among its executive board and player representatives Wednesday, one day after MLB presented its first economic proposal to the Players Association.

Nationals All-Star pitcher Max Scherzer, who is one of eight players on the union’s executive subcommittee, tweeted a clear statement Wednesday night against more salary slashing.

— Max Scherzer (@Max_Scherzer) May 28, 2020

The sliding pay scale MLB proposed earlier this week has players with the highest salaries taking the biggest hits. Scherzer is one of the sport’s best pitchers and highest-paid players.

If the league and the union are able to reach terms on pay and safety soon, there’s a possibility teams could reconvene for a second spring training in June, and start playing games in empty venues in early July.

Wednesday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf issued guidance allowing professional sports to happen in counties in the "yellow" and "green" phase of his three-tiered reopening plan — with no fans — if the teams in Pennsylvania, or the leagues they play in, get safety guidelines approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.


The Associated Press contributed to this report. ​