Update 10:16 p.m.: Jeff Passan of ESPN reported that Major League Baseball has discussed using the option of a season with roughly 50 games in the event that it cannot come to an agreement with the MLB Players Association. According to Passan, commissioner Rob Manfred has the authority, in accordance with the language of the March 26 agreement between the players and the league, to create a schedule as long as the two sides have had negotiations.
Major League Baseball looks to be making another step in negotiations with the MLB Players Association — this time in the form of an even shorter season.
According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, the owners plan to offer a shorter season in 2020 in which the players would receive their full prorated salaries. Passan indicated that the season, which could start in July, would be around 50 games if this proposal is implemented.
This proposal from MLB comes as a response to the Players Association’s offer of a 114-game regular season on Sunday. The players’ offer also included options for players to sit out the season, and deferred payments if the league did not play the postseason.
Of course, the proposal of a 114-game season by the players was a counter to MLB’s plan to hold a season of 82 games with significant pay cuts for players. This plan introduced a tiered system where the highest-paid players would give up a large percentage of their salaries. Neither of the two newest proposals included this type of payment system.
It appears the MLB Players Association wants full prorated salaries in 2020 for players. This newest proposal by MLB seems to address that preference, albeit in a much shorter season than previously proposed.
Although nothing is final, this new proposal could be a large step in getting Major League Baseball back this season. Determining salaries will be very important as both sides work toward playing again, and this is another step in the negotiation process.
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