The good news is that we have a counterproposal from the player’s union. The bad news is that we have no idea whether MLB ownership will view the plan as viable.
Jeff Passan of ESPN broke the news that on Sunday afternoon, the MLBPA submitted their offer to back to the owners. The details of the plan are outlined below, and the MLB season hangs in the balance. Terms of the counteroffer include:
- A 114-game season that would end October 31
- The right to opt-out of the season for all players
- Potential deferral of salaries if 2020 the postseason were canceled
- Two years of an expanded playoff format
- The inclusion of potential deferrals by players would defer $100M total, and would be applied to players making $10M+ before proration. It would also include interest.
If players decide they are at too high of a risk, there is no requirement for them to play, per the proposal. If MLB owners decide that this proposal is fit, then we may see a few players from around the league decline to play in 2020. It does, however, seem unlikely that very many would opt-out under this contract.
The 114 games played from July until the end of October would mean that games are played essentially every day until October. Looking at it from that aspect, it seems likely that there will not be that many games played, The MLB owners were also previously adamant that the more games played without fans, the more money is cost them.
The main talking point will likely be the deferred salaries, which the owners were already rumored to be keen on. More to come this week, but all we can do now is wait.