The MLB's latest offer to the MLBPA leaked via Twitter on Wednesday, with owners conceding to some of the players' demands as the call for baseball to return reaches a fever pitch. With owners now seemingly willing to compromise, it appears that an agreement could actually be reached.
MLB reporter Bob Nightengale outlined some of the details of the proposal, which include full prorated salary and a 60-game regular season starting on July 19. While players have repeatedly called for a longer season, full prorated pay has been a point of contention in previous negotiations, and the MLB appears ready to give in.
MLB insider Ken Rosenthal expanded on Nightengale's tweet, reporting that the proposal also includes expanded playoff fields in both 2020 and 2021, in addition to waiving any potential grievances which may arise, a potential win for the owners. Rosenthal also reported that the regular season would take place over the course of a mere 70 days.
While players make take issue with the length of the campaign and the grievance issue, the clock is already ticking on the 2020 season. If this labor strife festers any longer, the season as a whole may be in danger.
With owners finally caving on full prorated salary, the MLBPA may need to consider calling it a day and accepting this offer. A shortened season was already a given, but 60 games may be the only schedule construction that proves feasible. While the players association has not yet responded to the proposal, the two sides might just be nearing an agreement to bring baseball back.