Major League Baseball’s latest proposal to the Player’s Association slightly closed the gap between the side’s demands but it still falls short of the union’s desires. Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the players are still very much set on earning 100% of their prorated salaries, no matter how many games are to be played this season.
The latest offer by the owners was delivered Friday afternoon. It called for a 72-game regular season with players earning 80% of their full prorated salaries. The playoffs would also be expanded from 10 to 16 teams.
The previous offer from the players offered a plan for 89 regular-season games with them making 100% of their prorated salaries. Of course, this was struck down swiftly, as was the newest offer by the owners.
Trevor Williams, a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, put it best:
It expired as soon as they hit send. https://t.co/vK5UrRANrb— Trevor Williams (@MeLlamoTrevor) June 12, 2020
Even after the dozen offers proposed and shot down on either side of this negotiation, there are still thoughts of baseball not being played in 2020. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred recently told ESPN’s Karl Ravech on Wednesday that “unequivocally we are going to play Major League Baseball this year,” putting the likelihood at “100%.”