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MLBPA makes counter-proposal to MLB, per reports

Multiple reports indicate that players are proposing a 114 game season with expanded playoffs

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The MLBPA has responded to the owners’ proposal on the financial aspects of playing a 2020 season, with multiple reports indicating that the players have proposed a 114 game season starting June 30 and running through October, with expanded playoffs the next two seasons and potential deferrals if the playoffs are canceled.

The 114 game season would mean playing a little more than 2/3rds of what would be a normal season, and given the players are getting paid on a pro-rated basis based on games played, it would result in them receiving a little more than 2/3rds of their normal salaries for 2020. There is no provision for a reduction of salaries beyond that.

In addition, players can opt out of playing if they choose. Players considered “high risk” who choose not to play due to COVID-19 would still be paid, while those who aren’t high risk will get credit for service time, but not get paid, per reports.

The biggest sticking point, I’m sure, is the player givebacks. Owners are going to want the players to give up more of their salaries than the pro-rated amounts they’ve already agreed to, while players are, not unreasonably, saying they are the product, they are the ones taking the risks, health-wise, and owners are still asking them to take bigger financial hits than the Commissioner is, than front office executives, etc.

I’d expect some more back and forth here in the coming week, but if everyone is serious about starting play at the end of June/beginning of July, there’s probably about a week for things to come together.