"After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players there's no need to engage with Major League Baseball in any further compensation reductions", he said in a statement posted to Twitter.
In March, the MLBPA agreed to play for a prorated portion of guaranteed salaries, which would amount to a almost 50 percent pay cut for a proposed 82-game season. "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", Scherzer wrote in his note.
Among the highest-paid Reds, first baseman Joey Votto ($25 million contract) would make just over $6 million under the owners' new proposal for an 82-game season (counting postseason bonuses), according to the scale reported by ESPN.
But the league contends that the March agreement pertained only to games played with fans, and that games in empty stadiums - without the associated revenues from ticket sales, concessions and parking - require a different pay scale.
The MLB player's union was clearly unhappy with the proposal issued by the owners. Owners insist they stand to lose even more money if games can not be attended, and thus are asking players to accept a further reduction in their salaries.
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Joel Sherman from the New York Post has some information that favors the players, saying that they will get a higher percentage of their salary if the postseason is played. And running through the entire endeavor is the reality, understood by both sides, that fans rarely sympathize with players in baseball labor battles - and perhaps even less so now, amid the widespread unemployment and economic havoc wrought by the coronavirus.
Owner-player relations have been steadily devolving over the last two years as the free agent market has stagnated and players have accused too many owners of not trying to field competitive teams. If nothing else, it foreshadows what already was expected to be a tense negotiation of the sport's next collective bargaining agreement when the current deal expires after the 2021 season.
Players not only rejected the owners' proposal, but went in the opposite direction.
Opening day would be in early July, and the final scheduled regular-season game would be no later than 27 September - the same as in the original 2020 schedule.
MLB told the union on May 12 it hoped to play a season in which teams would face each division rival 13 times and every club in the corresponding division in the other league six times: AL East vs. NL East, for example.
And if they can't? This is late May with the calendar compressing the realistic chances for Major League Baseball to salvage some form of season this year.