“The proposal involves massive additional pay cuts and the union is extremely disappointed,” the MLB Players Association said in a statement. “We’re also far apart on health and safety protocols.”
Is the MLB saving any money?
The question isn’t as straightforward as it seems. In March, the league and the MLBPA agreed that players would be played on a prorated, per-game basis during the upcoming season. With the campaign not expected to begin until July at the earliest, the MLB is optimistic teams can play 82 regular season games this season, as opposed to the traditional 162-game schedule.
Paying players on a prorated basis over 82 regular season games would save the MLB in excess of $2 billion. The figure would swell by a further 33 percent under the plans proposed by the MLB earlier this week.
The league argues that extending the regular season to around 100 games, as the players are pushing for, could be financially detrimental as it would leave it open to a second wave of coronavirus, which could potentially wipe out the possibility of playing the postseason and with it the revenues guaranteed by the lucrative national TV deals.
What happens next?
The MLBPA will likely submit its counteroffer to the MLB which, according to ESPN and The Athletic, could include full prorated salaries but with deferments.
It is worth noting that the agreement the two parties struck in March gave league commissioner Rob Manfred the unilateral ability to determine whether the season will begin.
That means Manfred could find himself juggling the owners’ demand for an 82-game schedule with the players’ request to play a longer regular season.
As ever, when it comes to baseball, nothing is ever quite straightforward.
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