No matter the differences between MLB owners and the Players Association at the moment, Yankees GM Brian Cashman is confident things will be settled so that a 2020 season can be salvaged.
Speaking on a charity call with Family Centers on Thursday, Cashman answered questions with the main one being whether or not both sides can come to an agreement on playing so that baseball can return. The main battle is over player compensation, with the owners reportedly asking for a 50-50 revenue split, while players were under the impression they would be paid on a pro-rated basis.
"I am optimistic," Cashman told NJ.com's Brendan Kuty. "I don't represent the players and the (Players) Association. Obviously there's a lot of hurdles that everyone's trying to navigate here, and certainly trying to find common ground appropriately with the Players Association is one of those things and obviously the commissioner of baseball and his team are having honest, frank conversations and negotiations ... I'm optimistic that where there's a will, there's a way."
No matter what occurs with the negotiations on player compensation, SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier on Thursday that there's "no question" some players will sit out because of the health risks. Rays ace Blake Snell was very public on his stance of the matter, saying on his Twitch channel that unless he's compensated correctly, he wouldn't be assuming the risk of contracting the coronavirus.
"I gotta get my money," Snell said. "I'm not playing unless I get mine, okay? And that's just the way it is for me. Like, I'm sorry you guys think differently, but the risk is way the hell higher and the amount of money I'm making is way lower, why would I think about doing that? Like you know, I'm just, I'm sorry."
But not every player holds the same mindset as Snell. Others want desperately to return to the game, and get paid for the season.
MLB and its owners agreed to the league's proposal on Monday that had a second spring training starting around June 10 with Opening Day coming somewhere around July 1. So there is a little window to negotiate with the owners and players to make sure this doesn't escalate into having no baseball at all.
Cashman doesn't think it will... for now.