PHOENIX — Major League Baseball and the owners are expected to swiftly reject the union’s proposal of a 70-game season with full prorated pay, according to two people with direct knowledge of the talks.
They spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the negotiations.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday that he reached the framework of a deal with union chief Tony Clark on a 60-game season, providing the players with full prorated pay.
However, the players rejected MLB’s offer on Thursday and came back with a counter-proposal for 70 games with $50 million in postseason revenue, along with forgiving $33 million in upfront money players received before May 24.
"We believe this offer represents the basis for an agreement on resumption of play," Clark said in a statement Thursday afternoon
After receiving the offer, three owners told USA TODAY Sports they were incensed by the terms, believing the gap may be too deep for the two sides to reach a quick compromise.
In the most recent offer from the league, owners had agreed to pay full prorated salaries for the first time, a stance the union never wavered during negotiations. In return, the players would consent to an expanded postseason the next two seasons – with 16 teams, up from 10 – and agree not to file a grievance.
MLB also agreed to implement a universal DH not only for 2020, but also in 2021. The union would also receive $25 million in a postseason pool and the two sides would contribute $10 million to social justice programs.
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