The back and forth between MLB owners and the players union continued on Tuesday, with the latter making their latest proposal for a 2020 season.
According to multiple reports, the union proposed an 89-game schedule that would run from July 10 through Oct. 11, with players making their desired full prorated salaries. An expanded postseason would follow, and part of the proposal includes expanded postseason play in 2021.
The proposal is for 89 games, not around 89, and is 25 fewer than the union’s last proposal of 114 games at full pro rata, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 9, 2020
Eighty nine game season proposed by players would start on July 10 and end on Oct. 11, per a source. Includes expanded postseason for 2020 AND 2021.— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) June 9, 2020
Tuesday's proposal is a decrease from the 114-game season the players recently offered. The owners rejected that due to fears of playing the postseason in November, when a second coronavirus wave is expected to hit.
On Monday, the owners proposed a 76-game season where players would be guaranteed to make 50 percent of their prorated salaries, with the chance to make up to 75 percent.
League owners have suggested it makes more financial sense to not play this season than pay the players full prorated salaries. Thus, they're expected to reject Tuesday's offer, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.
As the two sides continue to squabble over financials, it's becoming increasingly possible the league will mandate a shortened season of around 48-52 games where the players receive their full prorated salaries.