Panel discusses whether players should take pay cut playing this season
Bruce Levine, Len Kasper and Pete McMurray joined host Cole Wright on Cubs 360 Daily to discuss players not willing to play on reduced salaries.
While Major League Baseball and the Player’s Association are still discussing the return-to-play proposal, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell went on his personal Twitch account, a website to stream video games, voicing his opinion on taking a pay cut if he plays this season.
“For me to take a pay cut is not happening because the risk is through the roof, it’s a shorter season, so now I’d be getting half of what I’m getting paid because the season is cut in half,” Snell said.
Snell broke down his financial contract if he were to play during this season with the amount of taxes and pay cuts he would be taking.
“I’m sorry if you guys think differently but the risk is way the hell higher and the amount of money I’m making is way lower. Why would I think about doing that?” Snell said.
Snell added if he played, he’d be in a quarantine lockdown away from his family and goes on to say that “it’s not worth it.” Our panel voiced their opinions on Snell’s comments.
“It’s kind of a tricky risk-reward thing, but the big picture is the risk for the industry is really awful if they don’t have a season,” Kasper added. “It is in everybody’s interest to come up with a deal. For the players, … I do think a lot of the players do look at this as a precursor to the CBA conversations in a little over a year.”
McMurray believes he would be concerned if he was a player that would be worried about their health. McMurray had a different reaction to Snell’s comments concerning his health.
“Here is the problem that I have with Snell: Are you worried about your health? Are you worried about your money? Are you worried about greed? Last I checked, Major League Baseball had 162 games. There’s going to be probably 82 games this season,” McMurray said. “Here’s the thing: the players, there has to be a little wiggle room here with the players and the player’s union. I think Snell, in my opinion, is more worried about his $7 million a year than his health.”
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