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Giants Players Want More Money From MLB For Taiwan Trip
Published August 9, 2010
|MLB Reportedly Offered $10,000 Each To
Players To Start '11 Season In Taiwan
Giants players are "split on whether to approve plans to open" the '11 MLB season in Taiwan, and decided on Saturday to send the matter back to the MLBPA "for additional negotiations," according to Andrew Baggarly of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. The players are looking for "more compensation, including a guarantee of an equal share for coaches and team personnel." A source indicated that MLB "offered Giants players a $10,000 bonus to make the trip, which will include" two regular-season games against the D'Backs and "two exhibition games against Chinese Taipei clubs." Baggarly noted A's players "received $30,000 each when they opened in Japan two years ago." TV and ticket revenues are "expected to be less in Taiwan, but the players don't see that as their problem." The players contend that the "effect of the trip is the same, whether they're flying to Japan or Taiwan," and MLB's first offer "was seen as a low-ball negotiation ploy." Giants 1B Aubrey Huff said, "It's gotta be the right circumstances to go. It's not easy. The season is far too important to get started like that." He added, "There were certainly yeses and nos in here. There was a vote, but it wasn't clear yet. We have to send this back to them and wait" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 8/8). More Huff: "To get ready for the season, that's tough. That's a long flight" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 8/8). Huff indicated that the players "would not issue their approval, which is required for the trip to occur, unless coaches and certain non-uniformed personnel, such as the traveling secretary, were guaranteed the same supplementary payment given to players for participating." Huff: "The staff is not getting the same treatment as we do" (MLB.com, 8/7).