Scott Boras Says His Players Will Not Accept Anything Less than the Prorated Salaries Agreed Upon in March

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s get it back to baseball.

There’s a bit of a war going on right now between the owners and players, with some folks arguing that the former is trying to take advantage of the latter by leveraging fan interest in a return to play to further cut salary.

To rewind, earlier this week MLB owners approved a league proposal for a shortened and modified season that would begin in July. This requires the union to sign off, but it includes a further pay reduction because owners say they’re going to lose money on games that are played without fans. Players had originally agreed in March to work with a prorated salary based on the shortened season.

Enter super agent Scott Boras:

Agent Scott Boras, who represents about 100 major league players, told USA TODAY Sports that all of his players are prepared to play right now and are willing to squeeze in as many as 124 regular-season games through October.

On one condition.

They will not accept a penny less than the prorated salaries they agreed to following negotiations with the owners on March 26.

“After this agreement was reached,” Boras told USA TODAY Sports, “you can’t come forward with a dynamic and say, ‘Hi, I want to privatize the gains and socialize the losses.'”

The biggest concern he hears from his players, Boras says, is not for their safety and welfare but their rights. The players trust that MLB will have plenty of testing and safety measures during the season but, considering they are taking the health risk, believe it’s unfair to ask them to assume any further financial hits.

So what you’re seeing now is that some people playing the “greed” angle, like fake outrage merchant Angelo Cataldi:

And then on the other side is this:

It’s an issue of trust, really. Major League Baseball doesn’t have a great history of labor negotiations with players. That’s why you see a lot of people raising red flags over what they deem to be unfair bargaining tactics in the middle of a global pandemic. If MLB and the players came to a compromise in March, then it’s only reasonable to try to honor that agreement moving forward.

You don’t want to strain this relationship any further, because there will be ramifications down the road, once we’re finally out of this COVID mess.

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16 Responses

  1. *Hah Hah Hah*
    Money money money moneyyy

    Everybody’s got a price
    Everybody’s gonna pay
    ‘Cause the Million Dollar Man
    Always gets his way

    *sung in background* Money money money money

    *spoken*
    Some might cost a little
    Some might cost a lot
    But I’m the million dollar man
    And you WILL be bought *hah hah ha ha*

  2. Is the league in talks with the broadcast partners? Are they offering to give up a dime of what the broadcast partners contractually agreed to pay them? If not then the league should F off.

  3. Boycott professional sports…. these spoiled rich kids need to be humbled big-time….. and boycott ESPN too…. we will survive without them, trust me.

  4. Man, 35 years ago today I was runnin down the street with my head on fire, thanks to Mayor Wilson Goode.

  5. Enough of this nonsense. Fill the stadiums. Restart sports. If you’re old or out of shape, stay home. This thing was not that bad. Time to get back on the horse.

    1. can i walk on your gr a v e when you d i e in 3 weeks you d u m b f u ck i n g a s s w i p e?

      1. you can’t walk on his grave in 3 weeks because you’ll still be hiding inside doing what that “lady” “rachel” dont call me richard levine tells you to do.

  6. I love that people constantly call the players greedy….yet they side with the greedy billionaires. Great logic. Dopes

  7. As I have said before, many times as you all well know. All professional sports are tantamount to slavery and servitude. Too ask the players to take one scintilla one scent one Schilling less than they deserve. This is and I say this reporter’s opinion, likened to the murder of Emmett Till that’s right I said it.

      1. The two worst things about slavery:

        1) It ended
        2) we didn’t send them back

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