NEW YORK (AP) – Major League Baseball has offered players 80% of their pro rata salary and a 72-game schedule as of July 14 in an effort to start the pandemic-delayed season, according to details from The Associated Press proposal.
Players would receive 70% of their pro rata salary during the regular season and the remainder for completing the postseason according to MLB’s plan, which will be given to the union on Friday.
The players’ last offer, on Tuesday, was for a regular season of 89 games at a proportional salary. The union said it will convene a call from players to discuss the response, but players have repeatedly said they have no intention of shifting their position for a full pro rata salary.
“This is our definitive proposal for a 72-game season,” wrote Vice Commissioner Dan Halem in a letter to the union leader, Bruce Meyer, which was obtained by the AP. “You must let us know by the end of the day on June 14 if players want to accept it.”
MLB proposed to guarantee players a salary of approximately $ 1.27 billion including the expected bonuses earned, and to increase the total to $ 1.45 billion when the postseason is complete. The union’s proposal would guarantee players $ 2.25 billion.
Before the new corona virus caused the opening day to be reduced from March 26, salaries were set at a total of $ 4 billion. Each side has a pool of $ 50 million after the season.
Players have insisted that they receive 100% of their pro rata salary, the terms agreed by the parties in March. But MLB told the union that playing in empty baseball fields with no gate gains would result in a loss of $ 640,000 for each additional game played and teams cannot afford 100% pro rata pay. The union has said that it has doubts about MLB’s figures, but has not received enough financial information to make a full evaluation.
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has threatened to unilaterally ask for a schedule of about 50 games if teams are to pay 100% pro rata salaries. That would guarantee a little under $ 1.25 billion – close to the new bid without the postseason portion.
Both sides say they agree to expand the playoffs from 10 teams to 16 in 2020 and 2021, but an agreement is needed for that. MLB will receive $ 787 billion from Fox, Turner and ESPN in the current post-season format. Extensive playoffs would bring in new games to sell, the total depends on the agreed format.
Baseball’s highest paid players, Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole, would each receive guaranteed $ 11.2 million and the chance to earn $ 12.8 million under the new plan. They would receive $ 19,777,778 under the union plan, down from their original $ 36 million salaries this year.
A player with a minimum of $ 563,500 is guaranteed to receive $ 175,311 under the MLB plan with the chance of rising to $ 200,356. He would receive $ 309,577 under the union proposal.
In addition, a pool of $ 50 million post-season players in each party’s proposal would result in a full share of approximately $ 250,000 for the World Series winner and $ 170,000 for the loser. Tickets normally fund the post-season pool.
MLB has made three proposals, starting with a schedule of 82 games on May 26, then lowered to 76 on Monday and the season now narrowed further. Cole and Trout were each guaranteed to have about $ 5.58 million under MLB’s first proposition and about $ 8.72 million in the second with the chance to make $ 12.19 million when the postseason was completed.
Players started on 114 games on May 114 and fell to 89 on Tuesday.
“We still see no justification for paying players with less than a full day’s wages for a full day’s work,” Meyer wrote to Halem in a letter from the AP on Tuesday. Your refusal to play games in October remains unreasonable and unsupported. You can play more baseball games than that and you owe it to your players and fans for doing so. The concerns about a second wave in October and November, among other things, apparently will not prevent other leagues from playing in those months. ”
Although the parties agreed to a pro rata salary in March, they also said they would enter into negotiations in good faith about playing in empty baseball fields. Halem reminded Meyer in his letter on Friday that Manfred was prepared before the deal to exercise the provision that would allow him to suspend Uniform Player Contracts following a national emergency.
“The rhetoric of the union that players’ remain against any further pay cut” is quite misleading because players were never entitled to compensation in the first place … when no games were played due to the ongoing national emergency, “Halem wrote .
Players want to extend the regular season beyond the scheduled end on September 27 and push the World Series back well into November.
“At least 12 states have experienced an increasing number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the past week, including some states where our clubs are located,” Halem wrote. “We should disagree with your view that it is in the interest of the safety and health of the players to squeeze in as many games as possible by completing doubleheaders’ planning and the postseason in mid-November, a time when the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation now predicts a deterioration of the COVID-19 trends. ”
MLB said it remains willing to suspend the loss of amateur picks for teams signing qualified free agents for this off-season. The union said this week that it was not interested.
Both sides have expressed an interest in using common funds to help underage players, who are likely to be off-season, and social justice initiatives.