Max Scherzer says MLB players are ready to walk away from negotiating table for 2020 season

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MLB players are ready to walk away from the negotiating table amid contentious talks this week over salaries for a shortened 2020 season.

Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer tweeted Wednesday night that the league’s proposal from earlier in the week was far away from what his colleagues were willing to accept.

“After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players there’s no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions,” Scherzer wrote. “We have previously negotiated a pay cut in the version of prorated salaries, and there’s no justification to accept a 2nd pay cut based upon the current information the union has received.

“I’m glad to hear other players voicing the same viewpoint and believe MLB’s economic strategy would completely change if all documentation were to become public.”

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Scherzer, 35, is an elder statesman of the game speaking on behalf of players through the MLBPA executive subcommittee.

Negotiations had been expected to progress throughout the week, but it’s now possible those talks could come to a halt if the league doesn’t significantly alter its stance.

In addition to the pay cuts suggested on Tuesday — which went far beyond prorated decreases — the A’s determined they would no longer pay minor leaguers weekly stipends in a move that could portend further cost-trimming around the sport.


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