Seattle Mariners pitcher Marco Gonzales quickly shot down MLB insider Jon Heyman's claim that the MLB and MLBPA were close to finalizing plans for the 2020 season, implying that the players may still have qualms about the league's latest offer.
Per Ken Rosenthal, MLB's Wednesday proposal included a 60-game regular season, full prorated pay, and expanded playoffs. While this represents somewhat of a concession on the owners' parts, the players' association is still angling for a longer season.
Gonzales basically confirmed as much in his reply to Heyman, implying that the reporter's comment about an agreement being imminent was not representative of the players' mindsets.
If Gonzales is to be believed, players are still reluctant to accept the latest offer.
The MLBPA has not yet responded to the league's latest proposal, but Gonzales's statement could paint a grim picture for baseball's short-term future. The players' association may have no choice but to accept this proposal, as waiting any longer to reach an agreement ensures an even shorter season and gives the owners more leverage.
While it remains to be seen how this issue is resolved, the 2021 CBA negotiations still loom large. If the two sides continue to reject each other's offers, next season's timely start may be in danger as well.