UNDATED (AP) _ Baseball players will take at least a few days and possibly until next week to respond to Major League Baseball’s proposed sliding scale of salary slashing.
But people familiar with their deliberations tell The Associated Press that players appeared likely to propose increasing the number of regular-season games this year while holding to their demand for full prorated salaries. One said that many players were angered by the teams proposal made Tuesday.
Stars Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole would lose the most under the proposal teams made Tuesday, about 77% of the $36 million each they were set to be paid this season. A big leaguer earning $1 million or less would keep at least 43% of his salary under the six-tier scale.
The reductions are being proposed by owners for a pandemic-delayed season in
ballparks without fans.
The players’ association called the proposal “extremely disappointing.”