Longtime ESPN’er Karl Ravech has emerged as the bearer of news from the MLB owners side of negotiations, and today marks his latest dispatch:
Sources tell me MLB counter proposal today will move towards a season of roughly 70 plus games with a salary percentage on the 80-85 percent of pro rata. Playoff pool bonus. My concern are the recent spikes in COVID -19. Worst case would be to start and stop. Will players move?
— Karl Ravech (@karlravechespn) June 12, 2020
Earlier this week, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred personally guaranteed there would be a baseball season this year. However, he may have been buoyed in his confidence by virtue of the fact that owners believe they can ram a season through with full prorated salaries that would perhaps be as short as 50 games.
This offer, once we see the specifics, will be a move in the right direction towards hopefully securing an agreement. It’s quickly reaching the point where if there are going to be more than 50 games it needs to be done now because ESPN’s Jeff Passan previously reported that MLB’s rights partners do not want to move the playoffs and World Series later. The players thus far have not moved off the idea of full prorated salaries, but if they want more than 50 games they’re gonna have to move soon.
Hopefully they can get this deal done this weekend, and start playing around mid-July. There’s an enormous chasm in my life where baseball should be.