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Major League Baseball rumors: Why 100-plus game season won’t work

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Cary Erickson | 02 June, 2020, 01:06

Let's make it clear: Major League Baseball will nearly absolutely reject the proposal, because that's how negotiations go, and if Passan's report means anything, it could open the door for more reasonable requests from the side of ownership.

Major League Baseball reportedly has serious concern over a regular season stretching too deep into the fall as a second wave of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic could arise and impact the postseason, when the sport figures to make up on lost revenue.

Players would also receive a $100MM salary advance during next year's Spring Training, which is somewhat similar to the $170MM advance payment that players received this past March as an advance on their 2020 salaries.

The players union's offer would have salaries total about $2.8 billion.

While management proposed an expanded postseason for 2020 only, the union offered it for this year and next.

Other players would receive only service time if they chose not to play. Unless something drastic changes with revenue streams, more regular season games doesn't necessarily equate to more money per game coming in.

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Teams had played just two games of the season.

Here's why the idea of a 100 or 114-game season in 2020 doesn't add up, even though fans and players could be aligned on the idea of more baseball being played this summer and fall. The union has questioned the accounting. The club proposal would take the prorated salaries and reduce them again in a sliding scale.

All players would have the right to opt out of the season under the union plan. For players who don't face a "high-risk" situation but still don't want to play in 2020, they will receive service time but no salary.

As expected, the union did not give ground on player salaries except to offer up to $100 million in deferrals if the postseason is canceled or shortened, according to a source with knowledge of the details.

Players who are considered "high risk" candidates for COVID-19 would be able to opt out of playing this season while still receiving their entire prorated salaries.