Cardinals relief pitcher Andrew Miller is a member of the Major League Baseball Players’ Association executive subcommittee. Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Growing pessimism MLB, MLBPA can reach deal for 2020 season

You're not alone if you feel negotiations between Major League Baseball owners and the MLB Players Association for a 2020 season is a process of one step forward, two steps back.

As expected, owners rejected a proposal from the players on Wednesday for a season that included 114 games. Talks between the two sides are ongoing, and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that owners could push for a season with 48 to 54 games if player salaries are to be prorated for a pandemic-shortened season.

Owners originally asked players to accept a revenue-sharing offer.

What caught some off guard during this week, though, was both Sherman and MLB Network insider Jon Heyman tweeting how individuals from the two sides are more pessimistic about MLB hosting a season at all this year:

Heyman and Brendan Kuty of NJ.com both mentioned that players have campaigned for an 82-game season. 

In a piece Sherman wrote for the Post, he added that some players may decide 50 games isn't worth facing health risks that come with rejoining clubs during a virus outbreak and sit the season out.

Sherman also described what could be a final offer from owners: "The concept is between a 40-60-game regular season, but the expectation is they would center it more at 48-54 games.

"MLB would essentially be giving the union a choice of three months worth of games but not at full prorated pay, or two months at a prorated total."

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink



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