MLB Reportedly Makes Offer to Players in Move That Could Get Deal Done for 2020 Season

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Just when it looked like the 2020 MLB season was going to go by the boards due to labor negotiations, the league has made a proposal to the players that looks, on the surface, like the fairest offer thus far.

According to ESPN's Karl Ravech, the MLB's proposal includes 75% prorated salaries, a 76-game season, a regular season that ends on September 27, and a postseason that doesn't spill into November.

This offer actually seems pretty reasonable. Salaries aren't fully prorated, but getting 75% of a prorated salary for less than 50% of a full season seems like a slight win for the players. And there's more!

It seemed like the owners were trying to have as minimal a regular season as possible, as evidenced by their 50-game proposal that was not well-liked by fans and players alike. In this offer, the players play a meaty schedule and get a good chunk of the prorated money they desire, while the owners get a shortened season that leaps right into the money-making playoffs.

However, it doesn't seem like the players are going to make it easy.

Perhaps one more counter can lead to a definitive middle ground.

This plan, while FAR from a sure thing as far as ratification goes, is a significant step in the right direction.