The MLB has submitted it’s latest proposal to the players for a 2020 season, as The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported Friday afternoon.
Source confirms: MLB proposal to union: 72-game season with players receiving 70 percent of prorated salaries for regular season and 80 percent if posteason is completed. First @BNightengale.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 12, 2020
This proposal is a 72-game proposal with 70 percent of prorated salaries guaranteed to players for the regular season games played and an additional 10 percent contingent on the postseason being completed. Other details include an option to suspend free agent draft pick compensation for the upcoming off-season, an option for all players to opt out with high risk players being paid. Apparently players who are not at risk that choose to opt out of the season would not only forfeit pay, but also would not receive service time for the 2020 season.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today also reported that the league has set Sunday evening as the deadline for the players to approve this deal. Rosenthal added later that this proposed season would begin July 14th and end September 27th. The league has held fast to this ending point as Passan reported earlier this week to avoid making the TV networks move their playoff dates.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported additional details that active rosters would be expanded to 30 for the first two weeks of the season, decreasing to 28 for the next two weeks, and finally falling to 26 for the rest of the season. He adds that each team would have 60 total available players including the players on the active squad and the taxi squad.
Many people have been quick to point out that financially this deal is functionally the same as every offer from ownership has been, with roughly 35 percent of the players full salaries being paid. While the owners have effectively refused to budge financially, the players moved significantly towards the middle in their last proposal, moving from roughly 75 percent to 55 percent of a full season’s salaries.