Details of the proposal included a 114-game regular season that would end on Halloween, an opt-out clause that would allow any player to sit out the season, and a potential deferral of 2020 salaries if the postseason was canceled. Evan Drellich of The Athletic has further updates, specifying that the 114-game season would begin on June 30 and that an expanded playoff structure would be in place for both the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
Players would also receive a $100M salary advance during next year’s Spring Training, which is somewhat similar to the $170M advance payment that players received this past March as an advance on their 2020 salaries. As per the March agreement, that $170M in salary would be all the players would receive in the event of a canceled 2020 season, and presumably, the MLBPA wants that $100M payment already in place should the 2021 season be in jeopardy.
A total of $100M in salary would be deferred in the event of a canceled 2020 postseason, coming from player contracts worth more than $10M (before being prorated). This money would be deferred into two payments, scheduled for November 2021 and November 2022. Players making less than $10M wouldn’t defer any salary, so in a sense, this proposal from the players’ union has some very minor resemblance to the sliding-scale pay plan floated in the owners’ first proposal, in that the game’s higher-paid players would be taking more of a financial hit than lower-paid players.
Of course, that is where the faint similarity ends, as the owners’ plan proposed that every player would take some type of a pay cut, whereas the players are still set on receiving all of their prorated salaries, if not immediately this year.
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