MLB, players ‘ union talk of a 60 game season, full time salary: report


The financial feud between Major League Baseball and its players have taken a step toward an agreement that could lead to a pandemic-delay of the season after Commissioner Rob Manfred made it to Arizona to meet with players ‘ union head Tony Clark.A day after the session, MLB has made a new offer to the players association on Wednesday who has called for the full pro-rata salary, even if the games are played in stadiums empty, a person familiar with the plan told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the details have not been announced.

MLB offers included a 60-game schedule from July 19, which would result in the players receiving about 37 percent of their wages. That would come to approximately 1.48 billion U.S. dollars on salaries for a total of $ 4 billion.

The union’s last offer on June 9 has been up for 89-schedule of games at full pro-rata salary, which would result in 55 percent of wages and salaries, and about $ 2.2 billion.

Top stars Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole would get approximately $13.33 million under the MLB of the last plan and $19.78 million dollars under the proposal of the union. A player with a $ 1 million salary would get $370,370 in the framework of the club plan and $549,383 under the players ‘ proposal. The $563,500 minimum would be a value of $208,704 under the MLB and the plan of $309,577 under the union.

The league wants the players to waive legal claims

MLB also wants the union to waive additional claims. Both parties have proposed expanding the playoffs to 10 teams to 16 in 2020 and 2021, if there was an agreement, but have not defined the wild-card round format.

“At my request, Tony Clark and I met for several hours yesterday in Phoenix,” Manfred said in a statement. “We left the meeting with a jointly developed framework that we agreed could form the basis of an agreement, and, subject to conversations with our respective constituents.

“I executive summary this framework many times to the meeting and sent Tony a written summary today,” Manfred added. “Pursuant to our conversation of yesterday, I am to encourage clubs to go forward, and I have confidence in Tony is doing the same thing. “

The union did not comment on the new proposal. The players could counter with a higher amount of games.

Before this week, Manfred and Clark had not met since the month of March 13-14 in Arizona, two days after the spring training has been suspended due to the new coronavirus.

Baseball has devolved into labour conflicts in the NBA, the NHL and MLS have gone forward with restart plans.

While baseball had eight work stoppages from 1972-95, the parties have negotiated four straight contracts for the work without interrupting the game. But tensions have increased in recent years, with the union losing a grievance accusing the Chicago Cubs of the handling of third baseman Kris Bryant’s service time to delay his free agency, and filing a grievance accusing him of several clubs do not properly use their revenue sharing money.

Tensions mount

The players have accused several non-competitive teams ” tanking. “The Clubs say that they have the right to jettison veterans and to reallocate resources to the reconstruction.

And the average salary remained in the 4.4 million range for five seasons, of the stagnation after Clark had carried out its first collective bargaining as a successor to the late Michael Weiner.

In the midst of this context, and with the prospect of collective bargaining in order to replace the labor agreement that expires on Dec. 1, 2021, the tensions were ratcheted up when the virus struck.

The parties have reached an agreement on 26 March that called for players to receive pro rata compensation, of $ 170 million in advances on salary and a guarantee of time of service, even if no games are played this year. In exchange, the players waived the claims for more pay, giving a right to test if Manfred could successfully invoke the provision in the Uniform Player Contract allows him to suspend these contracts during a national emergency.

When it became obvious that the season is expected to start in stadiums empty without the fans, MLB has told the union on May 12, the teams that would combine to lose $640,000 for each additional regular-season game, claiming 40% of the revenue of the door and door-related. The union challenged MLB figures, and asked for additional documents.

MLB then made its first economic proposal, the 26th May, offering an 82-game schedule and saying additional, wage cuts were necessary. The players refused to consider additional reductions and has been asked 119 games. MLB then moved to 76 games and 72 of the last week reworking the finances, but still refuses full pro-rata pay. While the union wants to extend the post-season, in November, the MLB, says he fears a second wave of the virus in the fall would jeopardize $ 787 million in distribution revenue.

The players cut off the talks Saturday, a day after the MLB of the last proposal, and said other negotiations were unsuccessful. The players told MLB to unilaterally establish the schedule, but Manfred said MLB would not, then, that there was a threat of a grievance.


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