The MLBPA sent a proposal to the league as the sides work to find a path towards starting the 2020 season. Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

This afternoon, the MLB Players Association presented the league with its counter-proposal about how to launch the 2020 season, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports.   

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.

This article first appeared on MLB Trade Rumors and was syndicated with permission.



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