Some MLB owners 'perfectly willing' to shut down 2020 season?

Tanya Simon
June 2, 2020

The players similarly rejected the owners' first proposal just as rapidly, so it probably isn't a surprise that the league isn't immediately jumping on board with the first counter-offer.

Players would also receive a $100MM salary advance during next year's Spring Training, which is somewhat similar to the $170MM advance payment that players received this past March as an advance on their 2020 salaries.

The Major League Baseball Players Association delivered its counterproposal to the league on Sunday regarding the parameters of a 2020 season, according to Evan Drellich and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Those salaries could add up to $100 million total across baseball, a small drop in if there is agreement of what could add up to being $2 billion in salaries.

The offer also includes playoff expansion for the next two years - two additional teams from each league - which had been included in the league's proposal.

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At the center of their differing views is a March agreement in which Major League Baseball and the MLBPA settled service time and salary matters. That would be a far cry from the regular 162-game season, not to mention the proposed 114 games.

A player would receive about 70% of his salary, or 114/162nds, under the union plan. The deal called for "good faith" negotiations for games without fans or at neutral sites. 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. The union has questioned the accounting.

The MLBPA's proposal states that players have the right to "opt out on the season", so if no one wants to play, they won't have to. They did extend an olive branch by offering clubs the option of deferring salaries to players who make $10 million or more, but only if there is no postseason.

The union estimates high-payroll teams would have up to $7 million in payroll relief, the person said.

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