No 50-50 revenue split, no more issues... right?
Wrong. In fact, the proposal laid out by MLB owners on Tuesday drew a highly negative response from the players as whole.
Though the initial proposal featured a 50-50 revenue split, which was highly criticized by the players, the latest economic proposal nixed that aspect of the negotiation. Instead, a sliding scale would implemented in order to determine player salary cuts. Taking a look at some of the figures, courtesy of RADIO.COM Sports MLB insider Jon Heyman, helps to clarify why players might be up in arms about this new approach.
Going from $35 million to a touch under $8 million, obviously, is a significant decline. For a player like Bryce Harper, who had already voiced his opinion on playing through the season while taking a significant pay cut before this latest proposal, we can't imagine his reaction to the news was too positive. Harper is one of MLB's highest-paid players, slated to make over $27 million in a normal 2020 season. He'd make a little over $6 million, using the scale reported by Heyman, under the new proposal. Expensive stars like Harper, as you can see from the scale below, would be hit the hardest.
But while we wait for Harper to share his thoughts on the matter, we have a solid sample of other players who did so immediately after hearing the news. And, to the surprise of many few, they don't seem happy.
Former big league pitcher Dallas Braden sought to expose the owners immediately before fans thought to turn on complaining players.
A couple hours later, Braden tweeted that he thought "baseball [is] all but shelved" for 2020 while "other sports [are] ramping up."
Marcus Stroman, who is known to be a vocal Twitter presence, offered his thoughts soon after the proposal was made public and seemingly began to look past playing baseball in 2020.
Up-and-coming starter Jack Flaherty, who many had pegged to be an NL Cy Young candidate for the 2020 season, expressed his frustration with a GIF.
Flaherty later retweeted ESPN's Jeff Passan, who posted about the Athletics' decision to stop paying their Minor League players the $400 per week salary during the hiatus.
Former Red Sox player and WEEI host Lou Merloni shared that he didn't think people should compare any complaints from MLB players with the NBA or NHL, given that those two leagues were able to play through a large portion of their seasons.
Though Blake Snell did stream on Twitch for five hours the night that the proposal was released, he didn't make any noteworthy comments.
On late Wednesday night, the biggest star to speak publicly on this new proposal to date provided a long Twitter explanation of his thoughts.
The final sentence of his post mirrors the earlier sentiments of other players, including pitchers Jake Diekman, Brad Ziegler and Patrick Corbin, who retweeted Diekman's initial post.
Former Minnesota Twin and podcasting personality Trevor Plouffe commented on Scherzer's tweet, saying that "if MLB fully opened their books", it would be much easier to reach a conclusion. Dallas Braden responded, leading to a tongue-in-cheek conversation between the two former big leaguers.
Indians starter Mike Clevinger shared that the battle had transcended just being about money, but instead was about the rights of the players.
We won't dive into all of Clevinger's interactions, but he had extensive conversations with different fans (or critics) replying to his Tweet. Using choice words at times, he quieted those who were disagreeing with his thoughts, and it's worth taking a look at his profile to view all of his retorts.
RADIO.COM Sports MLB insider Jon Heyman offered a summary of the players' thoughts, and if it wasn't clear already, the proposal is not sitting well.
This article will be updated with more reactions as they come out.