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Report: Agent Scott Boras advises his clients to refuse further pay cuts from MLB

Report: Agent Scott Boras advises his clients to refuse further pay cuts from MLB

With tension between MLB and its players union growing amid negotiations over the economic structure for a shortened 2020 season, the Associated Press reports that longtime agent Scott Boras has told his clients that MLB’s proposal to institute further pay cuts are an effort to cover its losses from poor debt management and should be rejected.

In an email acquired by AP, Boras urged his clients to oppose MLB’s plan to implement a sliding scale of pay cuts after the two sides already agreed to prorate player salaries in March—a deal MLB claims was reached with the assumption fans would be in attendance for games.

Under the system MLB owners proposed Tuesday, players would be broken up into tiers based on their 2020 salaries with the highest-paid players giving up the most.

“Owners are asking for more salary cuts to bail them out of the investment decisions they have made,” Boras said. “If this was just about baseball, playing games would give the owners enough money to pay the players their full prorated salaries and run the baseball organization.

“The owners’ current problem is a result of the money they borrowed when they purchased their franchises, renovated their stadiums or developed land around their ballparks. This type of financing is allowed and encouraged by MLB because it has resulted in significant franchise valuations.”

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Boras equated the players’ position to one of banks determining whether to give out an interest-free loans.

“Owners now want players to take additional pay cuts to help them pay these loans. They want a bailout,” Boras said. “They are not offering players a share of the stadiums, ballpark villages or the club itself, even though salary reductions would help owners pay for these valuable franchise assets. These billionaires want the money for free. No bank would do that. Banks demand loans be repaid with interest. Players should be entitled to the same respect.”

Cincinnati Reds starter Trevor Bauer called Boras out in a tweet posted Wednesday, claiming he was “meddling” in union affairs.

It’s unclear whether Bauer stands alone in his thinking or there’s a rift within the players union on how to respond to the league’s proposal. The New York Post reported that “industry sources” differed in their opinions of Bauer’s comments, with one arguing that “someone needed to say it” while another called it “nonsense.”

As the news trickled out Wednesday night that the union planned to counter MLB’s proposal with an offer that includes more games and full prorated salaries, Nationals starter and MLBPA player executive subcommittee member Max Scherzer—himself a Boras client—posted a rare tweet saying there was “no justification” for players to accept a second pay cut.

If the union plans to essentially ignore MLB’s proposal and proceed with one that includes no further salary reductions, then that falls in line with the advice Boras gave in his memo to clients.

“Remember, games cannot be played without you,” Boras wrote. “Players should not agree to further pay cuts to bail out the owners. Let owners take some of their record revenues and profits from the past several years and pay you the prorated salaries you agreed to accept or let them borrow against the asset values they created from the use of those profits players generated.”

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Sean Doolittle show off his World Series ring using ‘Lord of the Rings’ book

Sean Doolittle show off his World Series ring using ‘Lord of the Rings’ book

The Nationals may have had to open their World Series rings inside the locker room rather than at a ceremony in front of fans, but that hasn’t taken away from the players’ excitement for finally receiving their championship bling after months of waiting.

Outfielder Adam Eaton posted a video of him opening the box and starter Patrick Corbin shared some up-close shots of his ring, but closer Sean Doolittle waited a few hours before one-upping both his teammates with a ring reveal of his own.

Yes, that’s J.R.R. Tolkien’s first installment of “The Lord of the Rings.” Doolittle is a vocal advocate for preserving local bookstores, so it’s only natural he brings in a classic to help flex his new ring.

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There won’t be a ring ceremony this year with fans barred from attending games while the country weathers the coronavirus pandemic. However, the lack of a ceremony created opportunities for funny ring reveals like Doolittle’s. It’s just one of what will be many examples of players trying to make the best of a strange and unique 2020 season.

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Nationals' 2021 schedule again includes the AL East

Nationals' 2021 schedule again includes the AL East

WASHINGTON -- Despite the 2020 season wobbling toward a late start, Major League Baseball released the 2021 schedule on Thursday afternoon.

Without warning or fanfare -- MLB’s usual ineffective process of releasing the schedule -- the Nationals learned they will open 2021 at home on April 1 against the New York Mets.

All 30 teams are slated to play on Opening Day in 2021.

The Nationals will again face the American League East during interleague play. Oddly, Major League Baseball did not use the already existing full 2020 schedule, nor did it change the interleague matchups after alterations for this season. For instance, the Nationals could have played the American League West next season -- like they were originally scheduled to in 2020. Instead, they will be dealing with the AL East heavyweights for a second consecutive season.

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The Nationals first road trip will be to Los Angeles for a three-game weekend series against the Dodgers on April 9-11 and then on to St. Louis to face the Cardinals, April 12-14.

The Nationals will play the Yankees in New York on May 7-9. The Boston Red Sox visit Nationals Park Oct. 1-3 to close the regular season.

Per usual, most of September will be spent playing within the division. From Aug. 24 through Sept. 22, the Nationals will play 22 out of 28 games against National League East.

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