Late Sunday night, reports surfaced of the player’s union making a counter proposal to what the league had offered them. Here is what the reported offer looked like:
The MLBPA delivered a proposal to MLB on Sunday afternoon, a source familiar with it tells ESPN. It includes 114-game season that would end October 31, the right to opt out of the season for all players and potential deferral of salaries if 2020 the postseason were canceled.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 1, 2020
For the players opting out: those who are considered "high-risk" would receive salary, whereas others would receive service time only.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 1, 2020
Further, players would receive $100 million total advance during the new spring training.
Also: MLBPA proposes two years of playoff expansion.
The inclusion of potential deferrals by players is an olive branch, even if it does apply just to a canceled postseason.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 1, 2020
It would defer $100M total, applied to players making $10M+ before proration, and would do so with interest to make players whole. It opens the door to more.
It’s pretty clear that the union is trying to make sure that they get the money that they feel is owed to them by contract. It’s more or less the crux of this proposal, yet gives the owners a little bit of wiggle room with how they give out that money.
Sadly, it looks like this deal won’t be getting the owner’s seal of approval anytime soon.
“Non starter,” is the way one ownership person responded to the players’ response. The good news; There’s probably still a week to figure this out.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 1, 2020
At least they’re talking.
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