It's suddenly clear why those in the game were feeling sudden optimism and urgency on Sunday afternoon.
After a weekend of silence, it turns out the MLBPA did, in fact, send a counteroffer to ownership on Sunday, and the increased pessimism about a July 4 Opening Day might be abated a bit in the aftermath.
In fact, a June 30 opener is a core segment of the players' proposal, which features deferred money and an expanded playoff field for the next two seasons.
Additionally, though the opt-out clause for players who don't feel comfortable participating could be a sticking point, it is wholly necessary.
Though us humble reporters have no idea how MLB ownership will react to the players' proposal, it is far from vitriolic, and includes plenty of avenues to increased revenues in an effort to make things palatable. Also, it doesn't come with an angry preamble about transparency or open finances.
An increase in games (from 82 to 114) will certainly justify the prorated salaries that players would like to maintain, and expanded playoffs will mean larger television deals and an ability for owners to recoup a bit of their losses.
The MLBPA is clearly hard at work attempting to craft special events to build revenue throughout the offseason, too.
While we wait patiently for a response (one ownership source told Jon Heyman this was a "nonstarter" but the players said that last time, too, and that started plenty), this feels like a major step forward for a league that's felt hopeless for at least a week and likely longer.