Jeff Passan of ESPN provided the most comprehensive breakdown of the MLB owners' latest proposal on Twitter. I discussed that offer, how it relates to the Twins and an option on how to attempt to bridge the gap between the owners and players.
Passan did such a great job at relaying how it all relates to the league, but that's not how we usually talk about salaries in baseball. The actual details of this offer only guarantees players 50% of their prorated salaries, but through postseason shares and other bonuses it ends up equating to 75% of the prorated amount. Included in this video is a breakdown of how all this would relate to the Twins' payroll, just using that more straight-forward 75% amount of prorated salaries. Here that is:
One thing I didn't do in the video was trickle that down to an individual player. Let's take a look at Nelson Cruz. He was set to make $12 million. Prorate that to 76 games and you get $5.6 million, take 75% of that and you get $4.2 million.
How about someone who hasn't been around as long? Mitch Garver was set to make $620,000 this season. That'd drop to $290,864 prorated to 76 games, then down to $218,148 at the 75% rate.
I'm confident we'll see some kind of a 2020 MLB season, but don't expect either side to compromise. My solution? Look for another way to inject (even more) money into the game. You'd have to expect TV ratings to boom, there has to be some way to benefit from that ...