NEW YORK – The New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers would each save more than $100 million on player salaries as part of management's proposal to start the coronavirus-delayed season than they would under the union's plan, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.
Top stars accustomed to eye-popping salaries that set them apart from mere All-Stars would experience by far the steepest cuts. Set to earn $36 million each, Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole would get $25.3 million under the union's plan and a base of $5.6 million under the teams' proposal, with the chance to get back to about $8 million if the postseason is played. A rookie at the minimum would get $396,537 from the union plan and $256,706 from the MLB proposal.
The Yankees project to pay $155 million to players under the union's plan, according to the AP analysis based on frozen March 28 rosters, and spend $48 million on salary under management's proposal. The Astros drop from $149 million to $46 million and the Dodgers from $147 million to $46 million.
MLB and the union have been making plans to start the season next month in ballparks without fans, and teams say they will sustain huge losses. In response to the union's stance, MLB is considering proposing a much shorter schedule, perhaps 50 games or fewer.
– Associated Press