MLB owners have readjusted their game plan on the economic issues they face with the players in resuming a 2020 regular season.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, owners approved a plan on Tuesday to be sent to the players’ union involving a sliding scale for compensation rather than a 50-50 revenue-sharing split that was previously discussed.
The sliding scale would guarantee players a percentage of their salary during different intervals of the season, and also include a larger share of postseason money. The union would determine the percentage splits, which would include several tiers between the game’s highest-paid players and lowest paid.
This would mean those with the highest salaries in the league would be taking the biggest cuts, while the lowest earners in the league would receive almost all of their guaranteed salaries.
According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, some players "bristled" at the notion of taking further pay cuts under the new proposed plan.
The union had already agreed to be paid on a pro-rated basis that reduced their pay by almost 50 percent, back in March.
While this plan would still need approval from the union, it does not mention any sort of 50-50 revenue-sharing split that was previously discussed, per Nightengale.
MLBPA head Tony Clark, as well as several players, adamantly opposed the idea of any sort of revenue-sharing proposal, citing they would not play under any sort of salary cap imposed.
There is no deadline to complete a deal between the owners and players’ union, but with the league eyeing a potential July start for an 82-game season, an agreement would need to be reached rather soon.