If negotiations between MLB owners and players take too long to come to fruition, it’s clear that those earning the minimum salary would suffer the most.
If there are missed games, players obviously won’t earn money for those particular contests.
Of course, it hurts the person making around $600,000 more than the one making $20 million, because the latter has had similar salaries for a long time.
However, the sheer amount of money that the top players are set to lose if games are missed is astronomical.
According to Spotrac, one of the leading sources of contract details in all the professional leagues in America, Max Scherzer would be the player losing the most money if games are effectively lost.
He also happens to be one of the union’s most prominent voices.
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
“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,” the Spotrac account tweeted.
Losing $200,000 per day is an unbelievable amount of money.
MLB Doesn’t Want To Reschedule Potential Games Lost
In any case, the fact that the league is trying to put some pressure on players saying that if there is no deal by Monday games would be lost and pay would not be recouped is another proof of how low the league can fall.
Owners, at this point, don’t appear ready to make any good faith offers: they only proposed a slight increase in minimum salary, to $640,000, when players want $775,000.
They have taken a couple of weeks to take their bonus pool for pre-arbitration players offer from $10 million to $20 million, and players want more than $100 million.
They unilaterally announce deadlines and put pressure on players, then expect them to budge.
They haven’t, and they probably won’t.
At this point, that Monday deadline is looking unlikely to result in anything good.