Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell says he will not play this season for a reduced salary, especially because the risk of contracting the coronavirus is “just not worth it.”
Snell railed against Major League Baseball’s reported proposal of a 50-50 revenue split with the players for a coronavirus-shortened season in a video posted to social media Wednesday.
The 50-50 revenue split is included in a plan approved Monday by owners, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
The MLBPA is expected to reject that element of the proposal and counter that a March agreement between the parties guaranteed players a prorated portion of their salaries.
Snell, who was scheduled to make $7 million in 2020, said that he “love[s] baseball to death” but is unwilling to accept multiple reductions of his salary.
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