The Major League Baseball Players Association didn't seem to like Major League Baseball's proposal to start the 2020 season. Union officials told The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich that players will not sign off on the league's proposal if salaries in 2020 come from 50% of revenues during the abbreviated season.
"A system that restricts player pay based on revenues is a salary cap, period," MLBPA executive director Tony Clark told Rosenthal and Drellich. "This is not the first salary cap proposal our union has received. It probably won’t be the last.
"That the league is trying to take advantage of a global health crisis to get what they’ve failed to achieve in the past - and to anonymously negotiate through the media for the last several days - suggests they know exactly how this will be received.
"None of this is beneficial to the process of finding a way for us to safely get back on the field and resume the 2020 season - which continues to be our sole focus."
MLB disputes the union's view of the proposal as a cap. The owners accepted their proposal for a shortened 2020 season on Monday, which reportedly includes an 82 game season and 30-man rosters. The league will officially present the proposal to the MLBPA on Tuesday.
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