He often goes to players’ meetings and is now present at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL, where bargaining talks with the league are currently taking place.
Gerrit Cole has arrived. pic.twitter.com/dhkp0gLHF2
— Yankees Videos (@snyyankees) February 24, 2022
Cole, like many other players, are negotiating for every player involved in the MLB system: the ones making the league minimum, the ones who are not yet established, and the veteran, proven stars like himself.
Speaking about Cole, he signed a huge nine-year, $324 million deal with the Yankees before the 2020 season.
In other words, he stands to lose a lot of money if MLB keeps true to its latest promise.
The league notified the Players Association that if the sides didn’t reach a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) by Monday, games will be lost and they won’t be rescheduled.
As a result, players won’t receive any pay for the games they lose.
MLB Is Resorting To Unfair Tactics
It’s low and unfair, and feels like the league is forcing the MLBPA into making a quick decision and agree to things they don’t actually agree.
Players likely won’t allow that to happen after fighting for so long, though.
In the specific case of Cole, he will lose $193,548 per day if regular season games are missed.
Notable #MLB Salary lost per DAY if regular season games are missed:
Max Scherzer: $232,974
Anthony Rendon: $193,548
Gerrit Cole: $193,548
Mike Trout: $190,591
Stephen Strasburg: $188,172
Nolan Arenado: $188,172
Jacob deGrom: $180,107
Corey Seager: $174,731
— Spotrac (@spotrac) February 24, 2022
That’s a huge amount of money, and he surely doesn’t want to lose it just because a group of owners won’t make players a competitive offer.
The odds of him, and other players, losing money are, unfortunately, getting higher.
It has to be uncomfortable negotiating against the owners (Hal Steinbrenner) who brought him to the Bronx, but such are things in the MLB universe.