Given these radically divergent views, it is not difficult to understand why this dispute seems so tenacious. In fact, Halem now claims in the letter that players are not allowed to pay at all. While many play under guaranteed contracts, Halem notes that the League could have suspended them after the proclamation of a national state of emergency. Of course, Manfred did not take this course. The late March agreement says the commissioner must make good faith efforts to host as many games as possible, as Baseball America`s JJ Cooper notes on Twitter. And a source from the players` association tells Rosenthal and Drellich that the league`s lawyers have confirmed in correspondence that “players are not required to accept less than their full proportionate salary.” .