Good morning, Birdland!
There’s good news and bad news. The good news is MLB and the MLBPA are actively in discussions on how to put on a season of some kind in 2020. The bad news is that there is a massive gulf between the two sides in terms of negotiations. ESPN’s Jeff Passan and Jesse Rogers had all of the details on the talks yesterday afternoon.
MLB’s proposal includes a plan to play an 82-game regular season, which would start in early July and wrap up on September 27. That seems all well and good, although it is said players want to have a slightly longer campaign, but that feels like a point that the two sides could figure out easily enough.
The big issue right now is player salaries. In March, MLB and the MLBPA seemed to have come to an agreement that if the season was shortened due to this pandemic then the players would receive a prorated amount of their salary. So, in an 82-game proposal, every player should get about 50% of what their contract says they are owed. Welp, the owners are going back on that agreement.
This latest offer would give all players making $1 million or less just 72.5% of their prorated salary. Players between $1 million and $5…