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MLB Owners Send “Sliding Pay Scale” Plan to MLBPA

Jared Block
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We’re now three weeks into conversations between Major League Baseball and the Players Association, as both sides continue to try to come to agreements on playing a modified 2020 season. There is no doubt all parties want to play baseball this year, but each argument keeps coming back to player compensation.

On Tuesday, the owners approved a proposal that will now be viewed by the players union. A previous 50-50 revenue split plan was initially on the table, but now owners are asking players to sign off on a “sliding scale of compensation”. A sliding scale would trim the salaries of players set to make the most money in 2020, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. There is no mention of revenue sharing in the new proposal, as stated by Nightengale.

According to MLB network’s Jon Heyman, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are set to meet on Tuesday afternoon.

Over the weekend, The Athletic reported that the union intended to propose deferred payments on prorated salaries, with the exact figure hinging on how many games were played during the modified season. If that proposal is in fact true, there’s a positive chance the two parties could compromise by agreeing to a sliding scale of compensation that would see the highest salaries reduced this season and paid back later through deferred payments.

BetOnline.ag currently has the Los Angeles Dodgers as the favorites to win the 2020 World Series, in whatever type of asterisk season we’re going to end up having. Below is the current list of odds for the top 15 teams in the league as of May 26, 2020.

Los Angeles Dodgers +375
New York Yankees +450
Houston Astros +1200
Atlanta Braves +2000
Minnesota Twins +2000
Oakland Athletics +2200
New York Mets +2500
St. Louis Cardinals +2500
Tampa Bay Rays +2500
Chicago White Sox +3000
Cincinnati Reds +3000
Los Angeles Angels +3000
Washington Nationals +3000
Chicago Cubs +3300
Cleveland Indians +3300

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