Major League Baseball owners submit new restart offer for 60-game season

Major League Baseball owners submit new restart offer for 60-game season

Major League Baseball owners submit new restart offer for 60-game season

That offer marked a significant step in that it was the first time the owners agreed to pay players their full prorated salaries, after three previous offers for more games came with pay cuts because games would be played without fans in attendance.

While owners could still fear a grievance if a season is mandated, the players already negotiated off that and the rejecting of a 60-game proposal this week (with only about 70 days left to complete games based on the current timeline) would likely render litigation fruitless.

That set the stage for the negotiators to step aside, for Manfred and Clark to meet Tuesday, and for the proposal Wednesday that could get a long-delayed season off the ground, with players reporting to a second spring training as soon as next week. "We submitted that counterproposal today". Offering players their full pro-rated salaries was an admission that the owners are desperate to avoid a possible grievance against them and to salvage as much revenue as they can.

In addition, Major League Baseball is asking the players to waive any potential grievance filing over the terms of the restart. Talks can't drag on another week, and players can't be throwing out proposals of 70 games with the hope of more productive talk in the next week or so. Seventy games stands no chance of being approved by the owners, who proposed 60 games Wednesday. The league offered $25 million in 2020 playoff money in their last proposal.

The two sides still must reach agreement on a health and safety protocol and determine whether players would sign an acknowledgment of risk, given the coronavirus pandemic, or would waive any legal recourse should they contract the virus. The longer the two sides go without a deal, the more likely it will be the season is shortened, or that there are fewer off-days or more double-headers.

In a statement, Manfred said he and Clark had reached a "jointly developed framework that we agreed could form the basis of an agreement". One owner called the deal "DOA" to Jon Heyman, though it is not known if he is one of those six.

Players said they'd play when and where they were told, if salary requirements were met.

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