Yes, the MLBPA issued a 89-game proposal to the MLB owners. And yes, the owners will of course shoot that down quite possibly faster than any other proposal thus far. But progress is being made, and the hopes of a decent season are still very much alive.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred made an appearance on MLB Network ahead of the draft on Wednesday night to talk about negotiations. While Manfred essentially guaranteed that a season would happen, it did come with stipulations.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on ESPN: The league will make a new proposal to the MLBPA after receiving the union's 89-game proposal last night. He said it will be a "significant move in the players' direction" but "if we have to we'll exercise that right" to set a 48-game season.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 10, 2020
Manfred essentially guaranteed without saying as much that the league would pivot to a 48-game season if the two sides cannot come together on a financial agreement. The MLB commissioner has it within his power to dictate the number of games played under the condition that the owners offer a fully prorated salary.
The good news is that it’s looking increasingly likely that an MLB season will indeed be happening. The bad news is that the length of the season is probably going to be very short, and tensions between the two sides are going to carry into the next season.
MLB will need to renegotiate a new collective bargaining agreement with players following the 2021 season. As of now, it does not seem likely that the two sides are going to work with each other and make sacrifices, based on how the last couple of weeks have gone. We’ll have to wait and see.