MLB, umpires reach deal for pay cuts for 2020 season

MLB and its umpires have reached an agreement on a new contract for this season in an effort to account for the financial losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale and the New York Daily News’ Kristen Ackert, umpires will see about a 30% percent decrease in pay, one umpire confirmed.

Per the Daily News, MLB had originally asked for a 35% cut to the umpires’ salaries.

Sports Illustrated‘s Stephanie Apstein confirmed news of the cut on Friday and reported that while MLB wanted the 76 umpires to take an additional pay cut, the umpires instead offered to waive their right to various scheduling restrictions. Waiving scheduling restrictions gives MLB more flexibility as it attempts to squeeze as many games as possible into as few days as possible.

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