Under the terms between the league and its players, MLB players can, if they so choose, opt out of the 2020 season if they so choose. If they are considering ‘at-risk’ when it comes to COVID-19 infection, they will receive their salaries like everyone else. If they are not, however, then they will not receive their salaries for the 2020 season at all. While it is possible that individual teams could alter this arrangement theoretically, this would mean that a player who has family that are ‘at-risk’ and wants to opt out to prevent exposure to them, they are out of luck.
At first glance, there didn’t seem to be a ton of players who were going to opt out without pay. It seemed very likely there were going to be some players, and coaches for that matter, with underlying medical conditions that would opt out with pay, but we hadn’t heard much in the way of players opting without getting a paycheck until today where we have seen several go that route. Below are the players who are opting out of the 2020 season along with links to the relevant reporting.
- Mike Leake was the first player to announce that he was going to opt out of the 2020 season
- Felix Hernandez is opting out of the 2020 season
- Nick Markakis is opting out of the 2020 season
- First base coach Eric Young is opting out of the 2020 season
- Michael Kopech is opting out of the 2020 season.
- Ian Desmond is opting out of the 2020 season
- David Price is opting out of the 2020 season
- Isan Diaz is opting out of the 2020 season
- Yoenis Cespedes is opting out of the 2020 season
- Buster Posey is opting out of the 2020 season