Rays’ Blake Snell says “I’m not playing unless I get mine”

Tampa Bay Rays All-Star pitcher Blake Snell says he won’t climb the mound this year if his salary is further reduced, stating, “I won’t play unless I get mine.”

“I’m not splitting any income. I want everything from me,” said the winner of the AL Cy Young Award 2018 in a Twitch stream on Wednesday. “Bro, you must understand it all too, because you will be:” Bro, play for the love for the game. Man, what’s wrong with you, bro? Money shouldn’t be a thing. “Bro, I risk my life. What do you mean, “It shouldn’t be a thing?” It should be 100% a thing. ”

Snell, a 27-year-old left-handed man, agreed to a $ 50 million five-year contract in March 2019, including a $ 3 million signing bonus, a $ 1 million salary last year, and a $ 7 million salary this season.

As part of the March 26 agreement between Major League Baseball and the players’ association to resolve the season delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, Snell will receive $ 286,500 for the first 60 days of the season through May 24, but no more in 2020 if no games are played. The deal requires players to receive pro rata salary shares when the season begins; Snell would get $ 43,210 for every day off the schedule.

Teams say they would lose money if games are played in empty baseball fields, and owners agreed on Monday to propose to the union to base salaries on a 50-50 revenue split. The union says the concept boils down to a salary cap, which players have long voted to never accept.

“When I go to play, I have to have the money I signed up for to get paid,” said Snell. “I shouldn’t get half of what I get, because the season has been cut in half, on top of a 33% discount from half that’s already there, so I’m really getting 25%. In addition, it’s taxed. So let’s say you know for how much I actually play to play, you know what I say? Like, I don’t make (vigorous). And besides, all that money is gone and now my life is at stake. ”

Negotiation began on Tuesday when MLB made an initial presentation of a plan that calls for an 82-game schedule that starts around July 4, which would lower Snell’s salary under the March 26 deal to $ 3,543,210. Regular testing for the coronavirus would be part of the plan.

Safety is one of the major concerns of players.

“If I get the ‘rona, guess what happens to it? Oh yeah, it stays – that’s in my body forever,” said Snell. “The damage done to my body will be there forever. So now I had to play on top of that. So you have to – I mean – you have to understand it all, man, to go, for me a pay cut isn’t an issue because the risk is going through the roof, it’s a shorter season, less pay. Like, bro, this – yes, man, I have to, no, I have to get my money. I don’t play unless I get mine, okay? And that’s exactly the way it is for me. I’m sorry if you think differently, but the risk is much higher and the amount of money I earn is much lower. Why should I think about it? ‘

Snell was 21-5 with an American League best 1.86 ERA in 2018, going 6-6 with a 4.29 ERA last year, when he broke a toe in his right foot while moving furniture on April 14 and missed nearly two months due to left elbow surgery on July 29.

He owes $ 10.5 million in 2021, $ 12.5 million in 2022, and $ 16 million. His thoughts are already turning to 2021.

Snell’s Twitch stream was posted on Twitter by a person who works with the MLB network.

“In my head I am preparing for next season. I am preparing – well, I am actually preparing for this moment, but as if I am preparing for next season. Like it’s super weird, man, “said Snell.” I’m just saying, man, it just doesn’t make sense to lose all that money and then play and lock, not around my family, not around the people I love and get paid the way hell less, and then I run the risk of injuries every time I step on the field. So, it’s just, it’s not worth it. It’s not. I love baseball. It’s just not worth it. ”

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