Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Major League Baseball’s proposal to the players union includes a “sliding scale of compensation.” Under the plan the players making the most money will take the biggest pay cuts while those earning the least will receive most of their guaranteed salaries. The proposal does not include the 50-50 revenue split which owners agreed upon earlier this month never formally proposed.
Take all of this with at least a grain of salt, though, given that (a) almost all leaks to the press of this stuff have been from Major League Baseball in an effort to put its position in a best light; and (b) almost all leaks have only included part of the overall plan. There likely is more to this and, as always, the devil is in the details.
Whatever is sent to MLBPA today is just a proposal. For there to be baseball in 2020 the two sides will have to come to an agreement on the money, the logistics of the season and the anti-COVID-19 safety protocols, all of which will be tough nuts to crack.
Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.
The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”
Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.
Now, however, Kopech has opted out.