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2020-05-04

Trout, Cole's top 65 to make $100,000 a game.

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Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole aren't the only major leaguers to get back on the field with a big financial incentive.

While they are heading up a starry quartet that would take in more than $200,000 per game, 65 players would earn at least $100,000 each time their team wins or loses if the pandemic-delayed major league season starts, according to an Associated Press analysis of their contracts.

Most rookies would get nearly $3,500 each, and those making the minimum would. Each game added to the big league schedule earns players aggregate to around $24 million.

Huge revenue streams flowing from regional sports networks and national broadcasting contracts would also benefit clubs. If Major League Baseball asks the players' association to accept salary cuts to compensate for competing in empty ballparks, a contentious negotiation is probable.

"I would need to be fully informed about revenue and such things before I decide whether I think it's fair for us to do that," said Washington's first baseman Ryan Zimmerman. "I know property owners are making a lot of money. ... We are in a situation which is so unique. People want to be playing. People are looking to get back on the field.

"If there was ever a time when it would be time for two sides, obviously arguing in the past, to get along and get things done, now would be the time." "I'm not going to sit here, that being said, and say the players would be willing to do this. I don't even know if I'd want to do that.

Zimmerman, 35 years old and closer to the end of his career than he began, has a salary of $2 million and would get $12,346 per game.

Trout, the 28-year-old Los Angeles Angels star that has won three AL MVP awards, has a salary of $36 million. He's linked to Cole, the 29-year-old right-hander who left Houston as a free agent to sign with the New York Yankees for the major league high. For each 162-game season game, that works out to $222,222.

Trout, the 28-year-old Los Angeles Angels star that has won three AL MVP awards, has a salary of $36 million. He's linked to Cole, the 29-year-old right-hander who left Houston as a free agent to sign with the New York Yankees for the major league high. For each 162-game season game, that works out to $222,222.

Nolan Arenado, Colorado's third baseman, is third at $216,049 per game, followed by Justin Verlander, Houston's right-hander, at $203,704. Next is left-hander David Price, purchased from Boston in February by the Los Angeles Dodgers at $197,531.

Lower down the salary scale, 392 of the approximately 900 players on active rosters and injured lists earn at least $10,000 per game, including 300 at or above $20,000, 259 at or above $25,000, 161 at or above $50,000 and 100 at or above $75,000.

Opening day was scheduled for March 26 but due to the new coronavirus pandemic it has been delayed indefinitely. Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is confident that the 2020 season will begin at some point and MLB and the union have discussed possibilities that include playing in empty ballparks and neutral sites.

As part of a March deal between MLB and the union, players have gained a key bargaining goal: if no games are played, each player would receive the same amount of service time this year as they gained in 2019. Teams are advancing $170 million in salary as part of the deal but if the season is scrapped, players give up claims to any more. That leaves each player, depending on their contract, to earn a maximum of $260,000, $60,000, $30,000 or $16,500 if a missed season is in.

Players agreed to prorate their wages based on real played games.

Signing bonuses are guaranteed, so the amount of money that a player is expected to earn this year is calculated by taking his 2020 salary, dividing it by 162 (the original total scheduled games) and multiplying by the total remaining games as of the revised opening day. Because of the contagion, if the season is interrupted later, the numerator becomes the total of a player's team play.

Union leaders and some players argue that agreement covers terms for any reduced season, fans or not, and management points to a provision that it is only for regular games with fans at ballparks. The agreement calls for "good-faith" talks about fans-free neutral sites and games, and Manfred says 40 per cent of revenue comes from tickets and gate-related revenue such as parking and concessions.

"I haven't heard a single thing amongst Pirates players suggesting they're not really motivated to play," said Pittsburgh general manager Ben Cherington. "It probably increases my optimism when you have groups that are so motivated to find solutions, because when groups are so motivated you tend to find solutions."

Twenty-eight players were at a minimum of $563,500 when on March 28 rosters were frozen which amounts to a game of $3,478. At $600,000 or less, there were 369 that's $3,704 a game.

At $100,000 or more, the Los Angeles Dodgers have five players, the most in the majors. At $100,000, there are just five teams without players: Arizona, Miami, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay.

Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling has achieved one of the winter's most fortuitous deals. First eligible for arbitration, he agreed to a $2.1 million contract for a one-year deal with an unusual twist: $1.5 million was put into a signing bonus. Just $600,000 is at risk as salary Stripling has a better understanding of economics than most A stockbroker in his spare time.

"It was kind of a unique way of bridging a gap that we had, if you will. When we did that we were happy with the deal, "his agent, Matt Laird of Excel, said. "We had absolutely no idea. Shoot, who did it back then? '