(CBSNewYork)- Major League Baseball owners presented their first proposal in financial negotiations to the Players Association Wednesday and the response from players has been swift. New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman was among those who weren’t feeling overly optimistic after seeing the proposal.
This season is not looking promising. Keeping the mind and body ready regardless. Time to dive into some life-after-baseball projects. Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Brighter times remain ahead!
— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) May 26, 2020
The 29-year-old Stroman wasn’t the only player to voice his concerns. Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer took to Twitter to say that there is no reason for players to engage with MLB “in any further compensation reductions.”
— Max Scherzer (@Max_Scherzer) May 28, 2020
The proposed sliding pay scale would see players at the higher ends of the league’s payrolls affected the most. Players like New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole or Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout would stand to see their pay cut by 77% according to the AP.
For Stroman, who is set to make $12 million this season in the final year of his contract, his salary under the proposed pay scale would drop to the $2.95-$4.05 million range based on Jeff Passan’s description of the plan yesterday.
Potential salary cuts in MLB plan, sources tell @JesseRogersESPN and me:
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 26, 2020
The AP is also reporting that players are likely to propose more games be played while holding to their already negotiated pro-rated salaries.