Just a few days after it was announced MLB had submitted their economic proposal to the MLBPA, we’ve started to hear from players. While many in the league are still confident that a deal will get done eventually, some aren’t so sure.
One of those players just happens to be a Player’s Union representative. The Nationals’ Max Scherzer took to social media on Wednesday night to post the MLBPA’s thoughts on the proposed cuts from MLB ownership. It was not encouraging in the least bit.
After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the payers there’s no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions. We have previously negotiated a pay cut in the version of prorated salaries, and there’s no justification to accept a 2nd pay cut based upon the current information the union has received. I’m glad to hear other players voicing the same viewpoint and believe MLB’s economic strategy would completely change if all documentation were to become public information.
The latest update from Scherzer suggests that the two sides remain incredibly far apart in the negotiations, but don’t count them dead in the water quite yet. The idea from many exerts is that the owners have wiggle room to work with still, and neither side truly wants to see the season go to waste.
If MLB owners are able to get a little bit closer to the figure the player’s union is looking for, then maybe things will improve. Several players around the league, including the Dodgers’ Alex Wood, have expressed their desire to come to a deal quickly.
Still, it’s not a very encouraging thing to see from an MLB player’s union representative. Andrew Miller, Daniel Murphy, and Elvis Andrus are all MLBPA reps.