Major League Baseball has a long way to go before it can return in 2020, and there are clear issues that need to be sorted before it can.
Player salaries appear to be one developing issue. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, there is increasing tension between the MLB and MLBPA over whether players should have salaries reduced due to the significant loss of revenue the league is currently experiencing.
“Right now, there’s a major disagreement between Major League Baseball and the Players Association over what the financial split of the pie would be, if in fact baseball comes back,” Olney said, via Katherine Acquavella of CBS Sports. “This is an increasing concern both to management officials and to agents I’ve spoke with. Agent Scott Boras has argued that the 2020 contracts should be honored.
“On the management side, they feel like given the financial hit that baseball has taken, there needs to be some salary rollbacks. There is some increasing optimism that baseball will be played this year in some form, perhaps in front of fans. However, that can’t happen unless these two sides come out of their trenches where they are right now.”