The negotiations between the MLB Players’ Union and Major League Baseball around beginning the 2020 baseball season have been contentious at best. Earlier this week it looked as if there might not be a season at all. All that might be coming to an end soon, per Jon Heyman:
Breaking: MLB and players union are closing in on an agreement to play the 2020 season, via players. Deal expected to be for prorated pay and include expanded playoffs.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 17, 2020
As part of the pending agreement to play the 2020 season between MLB and the players union, the union has agreed to waive any grievance.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 17, 2020
A driving force in this resumption of the baseball talks:— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) June 17, 2020
I've been hearing it wasn't so much that a group of owners didn't want to play. They just didn't want to play and face a $1 billion grievance.
You know what would make that grievance go away? Making a deal.
I know no details. I have no analysis. I am just excited. That’s all I got. Links to come...
I would be remiss not to note this Debbie Downer of news:
Source says no deal is close yet between MLB and MLBPA beccause the proposal was just sent by MLB. No agreement even in principle at this point.— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) June 17, 2020
UPDATE from Passan:
Worth noting: MLB’s last offer to the players maxed out at $1.5 billion. The money over a 60-game season at full pro rata: $1.5 billion.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 17, 2020
If there’s a deal to be done, it is going to be for more than 60 games. Union will counter higher. And somewhere in the middle is the season.
MORE UPDATES FROM ROSENTHAL:
Source: MLB proposal includes:— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 17, 2020
•60 games in 70 days
•Season starting July 19th/20th
•Full Prorated Salary
•Expanded Playoffs in 2020 and 2021
•Waiving of any potential grievance
Pending MLB agreement reportedly includes DH in NL for both 2020 and 2021. Then comes new CBA which almost certainly will include it. So, NL is a DH league now.— Tom (@Haudricourt) June 17, 2020