MLB players cut proposal to 89-game season, still insist on prorated money, sources say

NEW YORK – Baseball players have moved toward teams, but have remained economically wide apart in their latest proposal to start the pandemic-delayed season, adamant that they will receive full pro rata salaries while offering to lower the regular season to 89 .

The association’s proposal, which was given electronically to Major League Baseball on Tuesday evening without a negotiation session, was detailed by a few people who were familiar with the negotiations to The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcements were allowed.

MLB did not appear to consider the proposal to be productive, but made no comments. MLB has said it could continue on a shorter schedule of perhaps 50 games without an agreement.

Players dropped a day after management reduced the proposed schedule from 82 games to 76. The union proposed to start the regular season on July 10 and October 11 and accepted MLB’s plan to expand the postseason from 10 to 16 teams. The union’s plan would end the World Series in mid-late November, and players said they would accept MLB’s proposal to allow the off-season games to be moved to neutral sites.

But players are insisting on full pro rata salaries as specified in the March 26 agreement between the constantly bickering parties.

MLB says that since the season would likely be played in empty baseball fields without fans, the absence of gate-related earnings would result in a loss of $ 640,000 for every additional game played, the union said.

Players had made about $ 4 billion in salaries this year before the opening day was pushed back from March 26 due to the new corona virus, and the union’s initial economic proposal on May 31 called for a 114-game schedule that runs through October and salaries total $ 2.8 billion. The shorter schedule in the new plan reduced the amount to about $ 2.2 billion.

MLB’s offer on Monday was for just under $ 1.3 billion in salaries, but only about $ 1 billion would be guaranteed. The rest depends on the completion of the postseason.

A schedule of 50 games with pro rata salaries would total just over $ 1.2 billion.

Teams say they fear a second wave of the coronavirus and don’t want to extend the World Series beyond October.

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