The MLB owners have already concocted a new plan to offer the MLB Players’ Association according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Major League Baseball intends to propose a shorter season in which they would pay players a full prorated share of their salaries, sources told ESPN. The league believes the late March agreement allows it to set the schedule, and that this would fulfill players’ pro rata desire.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 1, 2020
Passan states that the new proposal includes a 50- to 60-game season with fully prorated salaries for the players. The exact number of games is still up for consideration, but it would put a return to baseball in July. There is no information on how this would handle the postseason or players who are at higher risk to coronavirus.
According to Passan, MLB and the owners believe the late-March agreement gives it the right so mandate a shorted season. If a deal isn’t agreed upon, they could mandate a shorter season based on the previous terms.
Last night, the MLBPA submitted their proposal, which would have a 114-game season starting on June 30. It included salary deferrals and protections for players.