MLB owners have made a new proposal to player’s union: 72-game season with players receiving 70 percent of prorated salaries for regular season and 80 percent if the postseason is completed, as first reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports.
The most recent MLB proposal also includes an expanded postseason of as many as eight teams per league. If the postseason is completed, players would receive the equivalent of 83 percent of prorated salaries, including additional money from the postseason pool.
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The latest offer again includes the option to suspend draft-pick comp for 2020-21 offseason. Within 48 hours of approval, the league would announce a timeline for resumption of season, including spring training of at least 21 days. Any player can choose not to play, without pay or service time. Those high-risk players to COVID-19 would still get paid with service time.
According to Nightengale, if the World Series is played to its entirety, there’s a $314 million difference between MLB’s proposal and what the players would earn with full pro-rated pay over 72 games, which means the gap is narrowing between the two sides. The new offer represents $71 million in total new possible compensation for players as compared to MLB’s previous offer, assuming the season would proceed as planned all the way through the playoffs.
Since there may be no fans at World Series games, the $50 million player pool would guarantee about $250,000 to players and staffers on the winning World Series team and about $170,000 to those on the losing team. The season would begin on approximately July 14, with the exact date still to be determined. The season would end on Sept. 27. This means that there will be 76 days on the calendar to squeeze in a 72 game-season.
The rosters for each team 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.
The deadline for an agreement to play 72 games is Sunday night.
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