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On Tuesday, MLB owners reportedly approved a proposal that was then shipped to the union. Although their original intent was to put a 50-50 revenue sharing plan on the table, the owners instead are said to have asked the players to sign off on a “sliding scale of compensation.” This plan would trim the salaries of players set to make the most money in 2020..

Sources: MLB proposes highest-paid take pay cuts

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