Following a face to face meeting earlier today between Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA Executive Director, Tony Clark, Major League Baseball sent a proposal to the MLBPA that includes a 60-game season and full prorated pay for the players according to a report by Jon Heyman.
Breaking: MLB and players union are closing in on an agreement to play the 2020 season, via players. Deal expected to be for prorated pay and include expanded playoffs.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 17, 2020
Ken Rosenthal later reported more details on the potential agreement between the two sides. The season would be 60 games in 70 days, which would give each team one off day a week and the season would start on either July 19 or 20. It includes expanded playoffs with 16 teams advancing to the postseason in 2020 and expanded playoffs in 2021 as well as the Players Association waiving any potential grievance.
Source: MLB proposal includes:
•60 games in 70 days
•Season starting July 19th/20th
•Full Prorated Salary
•Expanded Playoffs in 2020 and 2021
•Waiving of any potential grievance
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 17, 2020
This is the fourth proposal that MLB has sent the MLBPA and this one seems to be bringing the owners and players closer into an agreement. Commissioner Rob Manfred released a statement, saying he and Executive Director Tony Clark worked out “a jointly developed framework that we agreed could form the basis of an agreement.” The tone in this statement is much different than the tone we’ve heard in past proposals and conversations between MLB and the players.
Statements released by both the MLBPA and MLB reflected that there is yet an official agreement, but after a face to face meeting between MLB and the MLBPA, there seems to be forward motion happening in the conversations regarding playing baseball in 2020.