The MLB player’s union was clearly unhappy with the proposal issued by the owners. Union representative Max Scherzer made that known via Twitter on Wednesday evening. As it turns out though, the union isn’t done making negotiations altogether.
Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday night that the MLB would be receiving an updated proposal from the Player’s Union. That updated proposal would suggest the league play more games than the anticipated 82 set by the owners.
According to Rosenthal, the new proposal could ask for as many as 100 to 110 games in the new season. The player’s union reportedly felt that this alternative would mean that player pay would be increased back to their previously negotiated prorated salaries. The original prorated mark represented a $2 billion loss for players if only 82 games were played, but the additional cuts add on 33 percent.
The real issue seems to be on the side of MLB with this reported new proposal. The owners have already expressed a desire to keep the season at just 82 games because they believe they lose more money playing games without fans.
One potential compromise might be for players to be paid for 81 games while playing a season in the 100-game range — an idea some players have discussed loosely, according to a source with knowledge of those talks. Under such a plan, the players would receive full prorated salaries for a half-season, but essentially perform for “free” in the additional games. – Ken Rosenthal via The Athletic
If that’s the case, it could certainly help the owners’ side of things, unless their financial loss per games played is realistic. Another option being floated around is a deferred payment, but that has not yet been brought up from the owners’ side of things. Stay tuned…