Like MLB, the union would increase postseason teams from 10 to 14. But unlike MLB, the players’ proposal would extend the postseason about a month past its usual end. MLB has said it is worried about a second wave of the coronavirus in the autumn.
While management proposed an expanded postseason for 2020 only, the union offered it for this year and next.
Players proposed new events that could increase revenue, such as a postseason or offseason All-Star Game and/or Home Run Derby. They also asked for $100 million more in salary to be advanced during the resumption of spring training.
A player would receive about 70% of his salary, or 114/162nds, under the union plan.
The union and MLB agreed March 26 that players would receive prorated shares of salaries, part of the deal in which if the season is scrapped each player was guaranteed service time for 2020 matching what the player earned in 2019. The union also was guaranteed $170 million in salary advances.
While the union says salaries were dealt with then, that agreement covered only games in regular-season ballparks and with fans. The deal called for “good faith” negotiations for games without fans or at neutral sites.
MLB’s offer called for spring training to resume in mid-June and for the season to start around the Fourth of July. The club proposal would take the prorated salaries and reduce them again in a sliding scale. Those at the $563,500 minimum would get about 47% and those at the top — led by Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole at $36 million — would receive less than 23%. Management proposed $200 million of salaries would be contingent on the postseason’s completion.