January 28, 2021

Rays ace Blake Snell says he refuses to play for reduced salary (ESPN)


Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell said he will not play this season for a reduced salary, especially because the risk of contracting COVID-19 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.

“Y’all gotta understand man, for me to go — for me to take a pay cut is not happening, because the risk is through the roof,” Snell said while answering questions on his Twitch channel. “It’s a shorter season, less pay.

“No, I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, OK? 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?”

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.

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