PHOENIX – Major League Baseball, furious at the 70-game union’s proposal that left the two sides at nearly $ 300 million, informed the Major League Players Association on Friday that it would not make a counter offer.
“The MLB has informed the Association that it will not respond to our latest offer and will not play more than 60 games,” union leader Tony Clark said in a statement. “Our board of directors will meet in the near future to determine next steps. Above all, the players remain determined to return to work as soon as possible. “
The union’s executive committee is scheduled to meet this week to decide whether to accept the latest MLB 60 game offer, reduce demand or walk away and dare to mandate MLB commissioner Rob Manfred for one season.
If Manfred implements a season, which would provide players with full prorated wages, he has the right to determine the duration of the schedule.
A senior official told USA TODAY Sports that he believed Manfred would still impose a schedule of 60 games, and no less than 48 games, while Manfred gave hope for a settlement.
“We are in the same place,” Manfred said Thursday. “We want to reach an agreement…. We do whatever is necessary to find a way to play, hopefully by agreement. “
Several owners have told USA TODAY Sports that they are not willing to move the last 60 games, which guarantees players $ 1.51 billion, but could predict a scenario in which a deal could be reached on a schedule than 62 games.
“This has to be finished,” said Manfred. “Until I speak with the owners, I cannot give you a firm deadline. »»
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In the union’s latest proposal, they were looking for a season of 70 games, $ 50 million in post-season income and $ 33 million to be forgiven as part of the $ 170 million in initial money that was paid before May 24. . The union also agreed not to pursue a grievance, allow a playoff extension this year and in 2021 allow MLB to advertise their uniforms and authorize the transfer of $ 50 million from the mutual funds to the discretionary fund of the Commissioner.
If there is an agreement, the two sides have agreed to talk about the possibility of having long overtime games that end in a tie. They will also adopt the minor leagues rule in 2020 that each round after the ninth in the regular season will start with a runner at second base.
However, if there is no agreement and Manfred simply imposes a season, all the rules will remain the same with a series of 10 teams.
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