As health talks continue, MLB to toss economic proposal to union Tuesday, source says
|Toronto Star 22 May 2020 at 23:26|
With progress being made this week on the health front, MLB will submit its economic proposal to the Players Association on Tuesday, a source confirmed.
With the clock ticking on a projected June start for spring training, figuring out how to play during this pandemic remains a work in progress as the two sides continue their discussions of MLB’s 67-page operations manual delivered to the union last Friday. But coming up with a new salary structure for this anticipated 82-game season has turned into a contentious process, likely to require every minute up to the point when players actually show up for spring training.
The Athletic was the first to report that MLB will make its financial pitch Tuesday.
Initially, MLB talked about a revenue-sharing plan, featuring a 50-50 split with the players, to cover their remaining salaries under the economic hit teams would suffer without fans (i.e. paying customers) in the stadiums. But the union insists any talk of revenue-sharing is a non-starter at the negotiating table; in their view, it represents a de facto salary cap.
The union believes the players are rightfully owed pro-rated salaries, based on the number of games played, according to the March 26 agreement. Union chief Tony Clark repeatedly has said the topic is closed for discussion.
Still, MLB has pointed to a clause in the same agreement that calls for further negotiation of salaries if games are played without spectators, based on the economic “feasibility” of resuming the season.
MLB could try to formulate a revenue-sharing model that might appeal to the union, or perhaps offer to defer some of this season’s money to subsequent years in order to get closer to the pro-rated values.