MLB Players to Reject Proposed 76-Game Season: Report

Dan Mennella
June 08, 2020 - 8:25 pm
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The MLB players' union will reportedly turn down a proposal put forth by the league's owners on Monday, as the sides attempt to hash out a return to action in 2020.

But the players are not interested in that plan, according to MLB insiders Evan Drellich and Ken Rosenthal. It was unclear whether the players would counter the proposal, the report said.

The owners reportedly pitched a 76-game season to the MLBPA on Monday, a plan which included prorating player salaries at 75 percent.

The dealings come amid intensifying pressure on the sides to get a deal done soon. Cardinals GM John Mozeliak recently said the season was increasingly in jeopardy without an agreement in place shortly.

Last week the owners proposed a 50-game season, and the players the responded with a 114-game plan.

The league can mandate a season of around 50 games, as per the terms of an agreement reached with the players in March. But the real sticking point appears to be the salaries. The owners reportedly agreed to full paychecks, prorated over whatever length the season ended being, in March. Now, they are apparently angling for the 25 percent cut plus prorating.

Still, with the league having the final say on the 50 or so games, it was widely reported that all parties were expecting a 2020 season of at least that length.