Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell has caused plenty of drama in the last several days with his comments opposing the MLB's proposal to cut salaries for the 2020 season, and now he has one of the most outspoken agents in the league on his side.
On his Twitch channel, Snell said he would not play this season if his salary was cut because of the risks associated with the coronavirus. The response has been mixed, with critics calling Snell a spoiled millionaire who won't take a pay reduction while unemployment is at an all-time high.
Scott Boras has also been a prominent critic of the owners' proposals for pay cuts during the 2020 season. He urged the players' association to reject the latest offer and said in an interview with Sports Illustrated that he would not support any renegotiation of deal agreed to in March.
The March deal was still a pay cut for players because, in the event of a partial season, players' salaries would be prorated based on however many games the league could get in. However, the owners recently began claiming that they could not afford that agreement if games cannot be played with fans.
The owners are casually ignoring the millions they'll bring in from their massive television contracts as well as sponsorship and merchandise revenue. Yes, losing fans will cause a financial hit, but it certainly isn't going to break the bank.
Even if baseball can start up sometime soon, this salary dispute seems like the perfect storm to cause a lockout and keep sports off the air for even longer. Snell doesn't seem like he'll back down, especially with Boras on his team, so we're hoping the owners will take the hit to their wallets so we don't have to go a whole year without baseball.