While Major League Baseball and its players have yet to agree to a plan to start the 2020 season, the two sides appear to be inching closer to a potential deal.
According to ESPN's Karl Ravech, MLB has extended a new offer to its players, which would include a regular-season between 70 and 75 games. The plan would also call for players to receive between 80 and 85 percent of their prorated salaries, as well as expanded playoffs and a share of the playoff pool for players.
Friday's proposal marks the third offer extended between the MLB owners and players in the last week. On Monday, the owners proposed a 76-game regular season with the players receiving 50 percent of their prorated salaries, a figure that would move to 75 percent if the league was able to complete its postseason. The players then countered with an 89-game regular season with full prorated salaries, which has been a sticking point in negotiations between the two sides.
If the two sides are unable to agree to a proposal, the MLB does have the ability to implement a schedule at any length, so long as it pays the players their full prorated salaries. According to Ravech, the MLB has focused on a potential 48-game season and is "looking to have a tighter window for the season to avoid starting and then having to stop play" due to the coronavirus pandemic.