The drama between Major League Baseball and the Player's Association has hit another roadblock.
Following the MLBPA's latest proposal that included a 70-game season and full-prorated salaries, MLB has informed the players that they will not respond to the said offer.
The Major League Baseball Players Association today released the following statement: pic.twitter.com/XxRDSskBBT— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) June 19, 2020
"MLB has informed the Association that it will not respond to our last proposal and will not play more than 60 games," the MLBPA said in a release. "Our Executive Board will convene in the near future to determine next steps. Importantly, Players remain committed to getting back to work as soon as possible."
This rejected proposal stemmed from the face-to-face conversation between Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA executive director Tony Clark earlier this week. The two created a framework for a 60-game season. Ultimately, the players were not fully convinced and sent the counteroffer to MLB.
On top of 70 games and full-prorated salaries, the new MLBPA proposal included the following according to multiple reports.
-A season from July 19-Sept. 30
-A universal DH
-Mutual waiver of grievance
-50-50 split of new postseason revenues in 2021
-Salary forgiveness for higher-paid players
-Advertisements on uniforms in 2020/2021
-Mutual funding of $10 million for social justice initiatives
-Possible neutral site/quarantine adjustments if needed for the postseason
The owners will use the weekend to determine their next steps, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. Manfred still has the option of handing down a 50-game schedule to the players as agreed upon in the March agreement.
Once again this halts conversations to ensure that baseball will happen in 2020. A similar strong-armed move was made by the players two weeks ago and dawned the "When and where" movement from the players.
The two sides still appear far away from a deal and are nowhere closer to returning to the baseball diamond.
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