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MLB, MLBPA reportedly discussing 154-game season with delayed start (Updated)

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With Spring Training set to open just a few weeks from now, it appears that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are again at the table and negotiating. Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown reports that the league has proposed a shortened 154-game schedule that would be delayed by a month. That proposal would include full pay for the players, but also an expanded postseason.

Discussing any sort of prorated salaries has been a non-starter for the union. The league seems to be intent on an expanded postseason for 2021. No word on whether or not the Universal DH is a part of the proposal. Per Brown’s report, the union is considering this most recent proposal. (Update) - The Universal DH is also part of this proposal according to MLB Insider Joel Sherman.

It is good that both sides are finally beginning to show some urgency after nothing but silence for most of the offseason. While all parties have said that they are planning for Spring Training and the regular season to begin on time, that might not be the best idea given the Covid situation in both Florida and Arizona. This proposal would buy them some time and a delayed start would give them a better chance of increased attendance at regular season games. No doubt, this story is just getting started.

Update - More details on the time frame associated with the latest proposal.

Final Update - A very valid point by Jeff Passan. If a deal isn’t struck, then there will still be a season with players reporting to spring training in a couple of weeks and Opening Day on April 1.