Another day, and another proposal between MLB and the player’s union. After the league turned down the MLBPA’s offer of 114-games, the two sides have gone back and forth trying to settle on a designated number of games and a set prorated pay rate.
It was reported yesterday that the league was planning on making a new offer to the player’s union in the ballpark of 76 games at a rate of 75 percent of their prorated salary. Today, Jeff Passan of ESPN is reporting that the MLB player’s union fired back with an 89 game offer at 100 percent of their prorated salaries. The two sides are obviously still very far apart.
I wrote this yesterday.
— Clint Pasillas (FRG) (@realFRG) June 9, 2020
The fact that MLB wanted to pay a lesser rate for fewer games in the offer on Monday should indicate that this offer will be turned down quickly. That being said, the July 4th start date can absolutely be thrown out at this point.
The new proposal is 25 games fewer than the initial offer made by the player’s union. It would also allow for an extended playoff and would start the season on July 10th. The plan would also account for an expanded MLB playoff in 2021.
All of that being said, it still appears that the two sides are not close to any sort of deal at this point. MLB has talked about playing as few as 50 games at a full prorated salary, and that will likely be close to where they end up. It does not seem like the league is willing to offer more games if players are receiving the full prorated salary.