Following the league's proposal of a 50-game regular season to return to play, Major League Baseball submitted another offer to the players union Monday.
According to ESPN's Karl Ravech, the offer included a 76-game schedule ending on September 27th and 75% prorated salaries. The offer also includes playoff pool money and the exclusion of draft pick compensation signing players.
The offer did not go over well with the players. Per The Athletic's Evan Drellich, the MLBPA considers this offer worse than the previous 50-game offer because of risk-sharing for the postseason.
If a second-wave of coronavirus cases prevents the 2020 postseason from taking place, players would only receive 50% prorated salaries, which would be a 25% salary cut on top of an initial 25% salary cut.
Since players are seeking 100% prorated salaries, their distaste with the league's latest offer is not all that surprising. Also, according to CBS Sports' Mike Axisa, each of the last three offers MLB has made ends in the same salary reduction for the players.
The union has stated several times they will not negotiate further salary cuts beyond the agreement they made in March for prorated salaries based on the number of games played in 2020.
As negotiations continue between the MLB and MLBPA, the NBA and NHL have moved forward with their plans to return to play after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted their seasons in progress.
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