MLB players agree to accept 4% of 2020 salaries if season is canceled

Major League Players and owners agreed this week that if the season is canceled, the players agree to accept a small percentage of their 2020 salaries in exchange for service time as if the whole season had been played.

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March 27, 2020 - 4:04 PM

Mookie Betts #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers unpacks his batting gear prior to a Cactus League spring training game against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch on Feb. 24, 2020 in Glendale, Ariz. Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images/TNS)

LOS ANGELES — On the day the 2020 season would have started, major league players and owners struck a deal that provided a critical objective for each side in the event the season is called off entirely.

The trade is this: If the season is canceled, the players agree to accept a small percentage of their 2020 salaries in exchange for service time as if the whole season had been played.

If the season is not played, Mookie Betts can leave the Los Angeles Dodgers without ever playing a game for them.

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