How Much Will MLB Players Lose if the Season Does Not Start in Time?

Published 02/24/2022, 1:15 PM EST
Oct 29, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves fans hold up phone lights during a pitching change by the Houston Astros during the fourth inning during game three of the 2021 World Series at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The ongoing owners’ lockout in Major League Baseball will complete its three-month anniversary on March 2nd. Sadly, even now, the owners and the players’ association have not agreed to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. 

And if the two parties do not find a solution in the near time, then not only the owners but also almost all MLB players will lose a huge amount of money from their purses. Notably, MLB has already delayed the spring training of this season by a week, due to the lockout.


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MLB Players to lose $20.5 million on a daily basis, if the lockout continues

It is no secret that if the regular season doesn’t start as per its schedule because of the work stoppage in Major League Baseball, the league will end up losing a number of games. And that is something both the owners and the players would not want at any cost.

Oct 26, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez (59) is relieved by manager Dusty Baker (12) in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves in game one of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

As in that case, apart from owners, players will also lose their salaries on a daily basis. And this is one of the reasons why the owners and the players’ association are in a hurry to get the CBA deal as soon as possible.


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Taking to his Twitter, ace MLB journalist Bob Nightengale said that players will lose approximately $20.5 million of their salaries each day, in case of losing regular-season games in MLB. However, the amount of money owners would lose in such a scenario is still unknown.


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“Players would lose about $20.5 million in salaries each day the season is delayed, according to an Associated Press study,” Nightingale said. It’s unknown how much the owners would lose each day.”

Max Scherzer and Gerrit Cole to lose an insane amount of their salaries

Leaving all the players aside, Max Scherzer of the New York Mets and Gerrit Cole of the Yankees will alone lose $232,975 and $193,548 on a daily basis, if the league gets delayed by the lockout. While players like Francisco Lindor and Marcus Semien will also lose $172,043 and $134,409 from their salaries, respectively.


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Do you think the 2022 MLB season will start on schedule or get further delayed, like spring training?



Abhishek Kumar

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Abhishek Kumar is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. After completing his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Abhishek has been working in the media industry since two years. Before joining EssentiallySports, he previously worked at APN News as a sub-editor, where he has written articles on sports and politics.