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Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg among those who would take huge pay cuts in league’s proposal

Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg among those who would take huge pay cuts in league’s proposal

What won’t be a shining moment for Major League Baseball is coming soon.

The players and league appear to be on track to figure out health regulations. Though, there is a lot of work to be done to finish such an effort. Both sides -- the owners and players -- are desperate to play. Why? Because this is their job, their rhythm and their livelihood. Which is why they can likely come to an agreement about an acceptable level of risk to restart baseball in regard to health regulations.

Once that is determined, ugly will stop by for a week. The portion of the problem projected to be poorly received in public will become the lone remaining hurdle: who gets what revenue.

Baseball’s sides have argued over this for decades. The players go on strike, the owners try to keep salaries down, both plead their case in the media. Two guaranteed things follow. The public groans and, eventually, the sides come to an agreement.

Part of this brutish process played out Tuesday when multiple reports said the owners asked the players for a tiered pay cut. The players, predictably, did not agree.

For the Nationals, who have sunk the majority of their payroll into starting pitchers, the proposed system would take large chunks of cash from their top-end players.

Max Scherzer is in the sixth year of his seven-year, $210 million contract. Stephen Strasburg is in the first year of his seven-year, $245 million contract. Patrick Corbin is in the second year of his six-year, $140 million deal.

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Corbin’s base salary jumped to $19 million this year. Strasburg was in line for $35 million. Scherzer’s base salary was supposed to be $28,777,759. He receives a large “signing bonus” annual payment of $7.1 million.

The new proposal from the league would vault all three into the top tier of pay cuts.

Here’s the scale, as reported by ESPN:

  • $563,501 to $1 million paid at 72.5%
  • $1,000,001 to $5 million paid at 50%
  • $5,000,001 to $10 million paid at 40%
  • $10,000,001 to $20 million paid at 30%
  • $20,000,001 and up paid at 20%

These cuts follow the already prorated salaries players would work under during an 82-game season. So, it’s akin to a sale of 20 percent off something that is already 50 percent off.

Which produces rough numbers like this:

Scherzer would make around $4.333 million in base salary.

Strasburg would make $5.313 million.

Corbin is in a relative sweet spot. He would be right behind Scherzer, at $3.815 million, because he’s a tier below in the sliding reduction scale and receives a 10-percent bump compared to Scherzer.

The proposal includes a split of postseason money, too. This is typically a boon for owners. Here, they are trying to give the players a piece in order to make the pay cuts more palatable. However, the players are aware the owners are offering the riskiest part of this financial endeavor -- that there would be a postseason -- in exchange for a guaranteed reduction.

So, the players see an offer where they assume all the risk -- health on the field and as it relates to the coronavirus, a guaranteed reduction in pay, and a non-guaranteed way to make up the financial ground. They will not agree to that. At least not in such large reductions.

So, be prepared for more groaning, griping and general sighs. The sides have about 10 days to figure this all out. The only thing known so far is this structure will not work.

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Max Scherzer purchases new waterfront mansion in Jupiter for $9.8M, per report

Max Scherzer purchases new waterfront mansion in Jupiter for $9.8M, per report

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer has purchased a waterfront mansion in Jupiter, Fla., according to real estate site The Real Deal. The 7,778-square foot property sold for $9.8 million, per the report. It was previously owned by real estate investor Justin Daniels and wife Robin Daniels.

The mansion, built in 2018, has five bedrooms, seven-and-a-half bathrooms, a four-car garage, and over 120 feet of water frontage.

Judging off pictures of the property posted to Twitter by Action Network's Darren Rovell, Scherzer has found quite the getaway.

The inside features a chef's kitchen with dual wall ovens, while the outside has a resort-style pool and 70-foot boat slip. More photos can be seen here.

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In 2015, Scherzer signed a seven-year, $210 million deal with the Nationals that runs through the 2021 season. The three-time Cy Young winner turns 36 on July 26, just days after the expected start of the season.

According to The Athletic, Scherzer was part of a group of more than 30 MLB players practicing in Palm Beach in June. It seems baseball wasn't the only business he was taking care of Florida.

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MLB’s first round of coronavirus testing shows low positivity rate

MLB’s first round of coronavirus testing shows low positivity rate

An enormous question hovered over the first day of workouts across Major League Baseball on Friday: who would test positive for coronavirus?

The league and MLBPA jointly released the first round of testing results late Friday. They are encouraging. But also just one step.

Only 38 individuals -- 31 players and seven staff members -- tested positive out of 3,185 samples collected and tested. That’s a 1.2 percent positivity rate, well below the recently surging national average of 7.4 percent, according to John Hopkins University.

No one on the Nationals has tested positive yet, according to Davey Martinez. Across the league, 19 of the 30 teams had an individual test positive in the first round of results.

Three players in the Nationals’ original 60-man player pool have opted not to play this season. Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross decided earlier in the week to sit out. Veteran catcher Welington Castillo chose later in the week to stay in the Dominican Republic instead of play.

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“I didn’t talk to Welington,” Mike Rizzo said Friday. “He spoke to Davey and one of our assistant GMs. But I had a long conversation with Zim. Those are tough decisions, kind of courageous decisions in my mind. The easy path is to try to grind it out and take your chances. But these two guys, Joe and Zim, felt it wasn’t worth the risk. We support both of them. These decisions were tough for them. We certainly didn’t try to talk them out of it, by any way, shape or form. We supported them greatly and admire them for it, because these were tough decisions.”

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The tests, results and reactions will be a daily chore for the league from now until the postseason -- if there is one -- concludes. And, a much more complicated scenario begins with the season on July 23. The league is attempting a travel plan no other sport has remotely considered. But, the first-day returns are positive thanks to the amount of those testing negative.

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