What some prominent Cubans will make under MLB proposal

How does the MLB proposal impact Cuban players? We take a closer look.

Based on the MLB proposal, some prominent players of Cuban birth or Cuban descent would have taken a big cut in the 2019-2020 season. Note that the proposal was vehemently rejected by the union and the players across the board.

In a prorated 82 games season that is supposed to commence July 4th as per Jeff Passan, this is the first step in a negotiation that will more than likely get done sometime in the near future, opening the way for the season.

The proposal is the hands of the union and the owners are awaiting a counteroffer to get the ball rolling and meet the July 4th deadline for a season. Based on the table a player could get paid as little as 20% of their salary for the season, based on where they fall on the table and this doesn’t include federal income taxes that could be as much as 37% of their earnings.

The MLB proposal rejected by players to include pay cuts as stated by the table.

• $563,500 (league minimum) 90%
• $563,501 – $1,000,000 72.5%
• $1,000,001 – $5,000,000 50%
• $5,000,001 – $ 10,000,000 40%
• $10,000,001 – $20,000,000 30%
• More than 20,000,001 20%

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This table sets the stage for a great debate in the upcoming week that is set against a ticking clock for a season that is fast approaching. A sticking point for the salaries could be the federal income tax that would severely cripple a player’s earnings for this abbreviated season. Expect the union to return with a more player-friendly proposal in the coming days.

For example, Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies would only be paid 20% of his salary based on this table, which is a significant pay cut for the star third baseman.

Most affected by this would be players such as José Abreu who is in the first year of his big three-year $50M extension signed this off-season or players who are in the last year of their deals and want to showcase themselves for a juicy extension in this shortened campaign.

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Based on my calculations here is what some Cuban or Cuban-American players will make based on the MLB proposal over the 82 game season not including taxes:

Nolan Arenado: $7.84 mil

J. D. Martínez: $ 5.75 mil

Eric Hosmer: $ 5.40 mil

Yasmani Grandal: $ 4.93 mil

Aroldis Chapman: $ 4.64 mil

Yasmani Tomas: $ 4.59 mil

Nick Castellanos: $ 4.32 mil

Rusney Castillo: $ 4.21 mil

José Abreu: $ 3.74 mil

Nolan Arenado: $7.84 mil

J. D. Martínez: $ 5.75 mil

Eric Hosmer: $ 5.40  mil

Yasmani Grandal: $ 4.93 mil

Aroldis Chapman: $ 4.64 mil

Yasmani Tomas: $ 4.59 mil

Nick Castellanos: $ 4.32 mil

Rusney Castillo: $ 4.21 mil

José Abreu: $ 3.74 mil

Raicel Iglesias: $ 2.95 mil

Yuli Gurriel: $ 2.85 mil

Jorge Soler: $ 2.39 mil

Yaisel Sierra: $ 2.13 mil

Luis Robert: $1.66 mil

Carlos Rodon: $1.64 mil

Alex Ávila: $1.56 mil

Lance McCullers Jr. $1.51 mil