MLB Owners Counter With a Very Short Season Proposal

The MLB owners have a new proposal for the MLBPA.

DETROIT, MI - JULY 09: A detailed view of a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball hat, glove and Oakley sunglasses sitting on the dugout steps during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on July 9, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Dodgers 4-1. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

The contentious labor dispute between MLB and the Players Union took a small step forward today as the owners respond to the union’s offer. The MLBPA had been looking for a 114-game season with deferred salaries, and the owners have turned that down.

The good news is that the owners in MLB are willing to pay a full prorated share of the player’s salaries. The bad news is that the season will likely be much shorter than the anticipated 80-100 game prediction.

The latest update by Jeff Passan and ESPN suggests that ownership is looking in the ballpark of 50 to 60 games for a season. That would be a far cry from the regular 162-game season, not to mention the 114 games that the players proposed on Sunday. The good news is that MLB and the Union will still likely go back and forth over the next couple of days to get a solid number. 

While the hope is that the players will fight for more games, this is actually a big step forward in playing baseball in 2020. Without this latest news, it was looking like the entire season was close to being cut. 

MLB would look to get games going by July with this agreement, depending on what the union comes back with. 

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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. I believe the middle ground will be agreed upon very soon.
    * 80-90 games
    * Full prorated salaries
    * Partial deferred salaries of there is no post season, paid
    at less than full salary
    *No rules or changes that carry over to next year
    Period!Play ball!

  2. 50-60 games. What a joke… That’s two, sort of months. It’s enough going through no more baseball withdrawals after 162 games. Why don’t you just tease us a little more?!?

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