It's simple for baseball's most prominent agent Scott Boras: The owners and players reached an agreement back in March that said salaries would be reduced and the teams would be able to function without fans being in the stands.
But the proposal that was agreed upon on Monday between MLB and the owners will have the latter telling players they will not be getting their salaries, but instead a 50-50 revenue split for about an 80-game season.
Boras says his clients are strongly against it, and he will be telling the MLBPA not to let the proposal go through.
"The players I represent are unified in that they reached an agreement and they sacrificed anywhere from 30 to 40 percent of their salaries so that the games could amicably continue," Boras told Sports Illustrated's Stephanie Apstein. "The owners represented during that negotiation that they could operate without fans in the ballpark. Based on that, we reached an agreement and there will not be a renegotiation of that agreement."
Boras isn't the only one who feels this way, as MLBPA executive director Tony Clark has also said that negotiation won't be happening in the slightest.
As SNY's Andy Martino has reported, it would be a shock if both sides can't reach an agreement on compensation despite the expected pushback that will come when the proposal is given to the players on Tuesday. No matter what happens, the players will be feeling the losses that are currently hitting franchises hard at some point.
No one expected the process to be quick and easy, but if it comes down to compensation, the owners and players should be able to figure something out to allow the game to be played.
Other than the compensation changes, the league will be reverted to a roughly 80-game schedule that is played against teams in their geographical area. So the Mets will be playing teams from the NL and AL East. Also, two more teams will make a 14-team playoff format while rosters will move to 30 players with a "taxi squad" of 20 more players at the ready for each team.