MLB News: Players Union Fires 2020 Season Proposal Back to Club Owners

The MLBPA has submitted their counteroffer to MLB owners.

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. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.


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  1. ok I am tired of all this yes baseball is a bussines {sp} ;but it is so much more than just that. at least to the fans and both sides had better dam well realize without us fans your nothing!!!!!! You bunch of bums want to kill the goose and her golden eggs just keep up what your doing. I am a 62 year young man who has loved the game my whole life and would of played for FREE besides the fans needing baseball America needs baseball. We need it to bring a semblance of normalcy back to America.If you bums cant see how important baseball is to America your worse than bums! Look what baseball has done for America {Jackie Robinson and Mr. Rickey did way more for America than they did for baseball . And they did a lot for baseball! }Isn’t it about time someone stood up and took the bull by the horns and realize just what value baseball has for owners, players , fans, and most importantly AMERICA!!!! Magic your a part owner and Jeter your an owner can’t you get this done?someone has to lead who else!

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