Another week, another proposal on how Major League Baseball returns. Today, the league sent a proposal to the players that many expect to be rejected.
The proposal calls for a 76-game season and 75% of the player’s prorated salaries. “Players and officials at the MLB Players Association quickly scoffed at the proposal,” according to ESPN.
Jeff Passan reports the numbers for the 75% prorated salaries would be $1.432 billion in total compensation, which broken down comes to $989 million in “straight salary” and $443 million “in money paid if the playoffs take place.”
MLB is worried about a second wave of COVID-19, so they want the regular season to end on Sept. 27 and have the postseason end on or by Oct. 31. If the two sides can’t come to an agreement, Passan says the league can implement a schedule of “its desired length,” which MLB has “focused recently on a potential 48-game season.”
The two sides had a “soft deadline” of June 1 to agree to a start-the-season plan to play starting on July 4. Clearly, we’re well past that.
MLB wants an answer from the player’s union by Wednesday, according to Passan. Based on the player’s initial reaction it’s probably a “No”.