According to multiple outlets, the MLB has a new proposal for the MLBPA. The latest proposal is for a 72-game season with players receiving 70 percent of prorated salaries for the regular season and 80 percent if the postseason is completed.
The #MLBPA receives formal proposal from #MLB on 72-game season starting July 14, with 80% guarantee of their prorated salaries with a postseason, 70% with no postseason. Deadline is Sunday for 72-game schedule. Also, 29-man rosters for the first month. Players also have opt-out.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) June 12, 2020
The deadline for the players to reach an agreement is Sunday, but based on tweets we’ve seen from a handful of players, it’s unlikely they will reach a deal.
It expired as soon as they hit send. https://t.co/vK5UrRANrb— Trevor Williams (@MeLlamoTrevor) June 12, 2020
Lol— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) June 12, 2020
Per Ken Rosenthal, the offer yet again includes an option to suspend draft-pick comp for the 2020-21 offseason. Within 48 hours of approval, the MLB would announce a timeline for the resumption of the season, with spring training lasting at least three weeks. All players would have the right to opt out. High-risk would be paid.
Additionally, the MLB proposal also includes expanded postseason that could feature as many as eight teams per league. If the postseason is completed, the players would receive the equivalence of 83 percent of prorated salaries, including additional money from postseason pool.
Season would begin on approximately July 14 with exact date to be determined and end on Sept. 27.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 12, 2020
In regards to what the rosters could potentially look like under this proposal, here’s what Jeff Passan had to add.
Under MLB’s proposal, rosters would expand to 30 for the first two weeks, 28 for the two weeks thereafter and 26 for the remainder of the season. Each team would keep a group of 60 players to use throughout the season — the majority forming the so-called taxi squad.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 12, 2020
Under this 72-game proposal, that allows 76 days to complete the season. Though there isn’t any information on how they’d fit all those games in, you’d have to assume it would feature a good amount of double-headers.
The MLB looks to be set on having the season end before October, due to their television deals for postseason baseball.
MLB also informed the players they need to complete a deal by Sunday or the number of games will be decreased from the 72 offered due to time constraints. MLB seeks to keep postseason to October due to its TV schedule, possible competition and especially concerns about Covid-19.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 12, 2020
As mentioned, the players have until Sunday to accept or reject the current offer.