MLB Rumors: Players Unhappy With Proposed Pay Cuts For Highest-Paid Stars

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If Major League Baseball wants to stick with its hopeful start date for the Fourth of July weekend, it has its work cut out for it.

For the first time Thursday, the league reportedly proposed an economic plan to the MLB Players’ Association for revenue sharing during the impending abbreviated season. Per USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale, it called for players to receive a prorated percentage of their salaries on a sliding scale through the playoffs, with the MLB’s highest-paid players taking the largest pay cuts and the youngest, lowest-paid players making most of their guaranteed prorated salaries.

But according to Nightengale and The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich, the MLBPA is “very disappointed” with the first economic proposal.

“The players agreed on March 26 to be paid on a prorated basis, but owners are seeking a new deal with revenues expected to fall significantly short as result of the 82-game season and postseason likely to be played without fans in the stands,” Nightengale reported. “Players would receive pay cuts of more than 50%, and perhaps as much as 75% for the game’s top-paid players.

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