Players making less than $10MM wouldn't defer any salary, so in a sense, this proposal from the players' union has some very minor resemblance to the sliding-scale pay plan floated in the owners' first proposal, in that the game's higher-paid players would be taking more of a financial hit than lower-paid players.
Of course, that is where the faint similarity ends, as the owners' plan proposed that every player would take some type of a pay cut, whereas the players are still set on receiving all of their prorated salaries, if not immediately this year.
On Sunday, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported that the MLB Players Association submitted its counteroffer to MLB to get a season under way.More news: Flint Police Put Down Weapons, Join Protesters In George Floyd March
Last but hardly least, and hopefully something that gets these negotiations moving, the players' proposal calls for a start date of June 30, which could be seen as a deadline of sorts. The union offered scheduling flexibility to include more doubleheaders as baseball crams the games into 123 days, leaving little room for days off.
Instead the players have proposed they receive a higher percentage of their salaries - 70 per cent - and commit to a longer schedule of games as part of a counter offer.
The plan was given to Major League Baseball during an 80-minute digital meeting among Commissioner Rob Manfred, deputy commissioner Dan Halem, union head Tony Clark and union chief negotiator Bruce Meyer. Major League Baseball has said it is anxious about a second wave of the coronavirus in the autumn. They estimate that would be $2.8 billion payable over two years.More news: Suffolk schools welcome back pupils following coronavirus lockdown
Both sides now favor a 14-team postseason for 2020 with the players offering the same format for 2021. That means more salary, not less for the 2020 season. The MLBPA is also asking for an $100 million cash advance on salary, further alleviating a bit of the salary burden from owners.
Players deemed "high-risk" in regard to the coronavirus would still be allowed to collect their salary, while those who don't want to play out of fear of COVID-19 contraction won't.More news: Antifa: 'terror' group or Trump's straw man?