According to the plan, players would be guaranteed a total of $ 989 million in wages during the shortened season. This figure was lower than what the MLB had originally proposed with an 82-game schedule and explains why the union is against it, according to Rosenthal and Drellich.
Rosenthal and Drellich said the union is also upset by MLB’s insistence that players sign a waiver of “risk recognition” before playing. He considers that the waiver is a “breach of contract” because it could deprive players of legal rights if the MLB does not create a safe gaming environment.
however, Jon Heyman of MLB Network points out that the waiver in question is not linked to legal actions; rather, he agrees to be tested for COVID-19 and recognizes the associated risks. The MLBPA will consider accepting it after consulting the language of the waiver, and it will not be a sticking point for the league, added Heyman.
Players received Monday’s offer with a mix of “laughter, anger and more anger,” according to Andy Martino from SNY.
It still seems optimistic that the parties will come to an agreement at some point. A league official told Rosenthal and Drellich that Monday’s offer was “materially” better for the players and showed that the MLB was ready to negotiate with the union to close the gap.
Negotiations between the league and its players have stalled in recent weeks. The players have been consistent in their insistence on full prorated wages during a shortened season with a longer schedule. The league, meanwhile, wants to finish the season before November while further cutting wages.