The MLB owners were scheduled to hand off their financial proposal to the player’s union today, detailing the economic side of a return to play. That meeting did happen, with the results being less than desirable.
The early reports coming out of the exchange of proposals suggest that the player’s union is very unhappy with what MLB is offering. Another report surfaced earlier today that the league was offering players a sliding pay scale rather than sweeping 50-50 revenue splits.
The MLBPA is very disappointed with MLB’s economic proposal today, source tells me and @Ken_Rosenthal, calling additional cuts proposed “massive." League offered to share more playoff revenue, but on balance, those dollars are small compared to what players give up, PA believes.
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) May 26, 2020
As it stands, players are unhappy with the financial cuts that they are already taking, despite MLB wanting to cut even further. The two sides are also not satisfied with the health and safety protocols issued by the owners two weeks ago.
The MLBPA says the proposal involves massive additional pay cuts and the union is extremely disappointed. The union also says the sides are far apart on the health/safety protocols
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) May 26, 2020
In what will ultimately be one of the biggest weeks in the history of MLB labor negotiations, things are not off to a good start. Jeff Passan of ESPN also reports that the suggested sliding pay scale would not work out as well as indicated for players with smaller salaries.