Earlier this week, Rays’ pitcher Blake Snell made some interesting comments on the state of Major League Baseball and what it would take to get him to play. Snell was adamant that the league would make sure that their contracts are paid out, and that he would not play without that money. Dodgers pitchers Clayton Kershaw wasn’t willing to go as far as to agree, but he understands.
Making an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, the Dodgers ace commented on Snell’s outburst on Twitch.
He was probably a little bold in what he said but we’ve already made a pay concession. We’re going to get paid prorated based on the shortened season and I thought that was what we decided as a union. Obviously, not having fans changes things for some owners but we’re still playing the same game.
It’s not that Kershaw directly agrees with the sentiment communicated by Snell, we want to make that clear and have no desire to put words into his mouth. However, he is right when he says that the league and players already came to an agreement on player pay reductions based on the length of the season. And now, the league wants to reduce pay even further.
It seems to be a sore subject all-around baseball, as some fans side with the players and some feel that they should play for whatever they are paid. The Dodgers’ southpaw was set to pull in $31 million in adjusted salary for the 2020 season, which will almost certainly change.
If it deems medically that we’re able to play and the two sides can’t figure out the business side of it…it’s not going to look good on anybody. If we can figure it out medically I’m optimistic that we can play.
It’s important to note here that Kershaw felt it was the responsibility of the two sides to come to an agreement. Like he said, if medically they are given the all-clear but still cannot figure out a way to play, it’s going to be bad for baseball. Hold onto hope Dodgers fans, it’s all we have right now.