Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are about to enter their fourth week of negotiations concerning the potential to play a modified 2020 season in response to the spread of the radical coronavirus. On Sunday afternoon, the players association delivered a proposal to the league outlining its imaginative and prescient for the year, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Per Passan, the union’s proposal calls for a 114-game season that would begin on June 30 and pause on Oct. 31. (The postseason would then take place for the duration of November.)
Other key parts of the plan include each player having the correct to opt out of participating (with those that are deemed “excessive-danger” receiving salary, and others receiving finest service time), and a salary deferral plan in the tournament that the postseason is canceled due to another wave of COVID-19.
The proposal also calls for two years of expanded playoffs, and for the players to obtain a $100 million advance during the 2d spring training.
Thus far, the main sticking points in talks between the league and the union have concerned the smartly-being of players and essential staff — including testing and health protocols — and the players’ financial compensation. Householders have requested that players take greater pay cuts than the ones they already agreed to in March due to the alleged income losses stemming from having to play games in front of empty stands.
Earlier on Sunday, our Mike Axisa detailed why this coming week is a vital one for talks. The league is believed to want an agreement in place to begin the season in late June or early July. That would necessitate beginning the 2d exhibition season sometime over the following two to three weeks, so as to allow pitchers a sincere ramp-up ahead of embarking on the season. For certain, the league may always push the start date back additional if talks necessitate it.