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MLB expected to offer less-than-prorated pay again

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Jon Heyman of MLB Network and Karl Ravech of ESPN are both reporting that Major League Baseball is expected to make a counter offer to the players today that, once again, offers less than prorated pay. Heyman says it’ll be a 72-game season at around 80% of prorated pay. Ravech says it’ll be around 70 games and 80-85% of prorated pay.

MLB’s last offer was for 76 games at 75 percent pro rata — and that was actually a tad worse than their first offer — so this is not much of a bump. It’s unlikely to impress the players in any event given that they’ve insisted on their previously negotiated right to receive 100% of prorated pay.

The owners’ “nuclear option,” as it were, is to simply impose a very short season at 100% prorated pay. Heyman expects the owners to do just that if an agreement is not reached within the next five days or so.

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Update (3:56 PM ET, Bill Baer): MLB has officially sent its proposal to the MLBPA, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. 72-game season, 70 percent prorated play during the regular season which gets bumped up to 80 percent if the postseason is completed.

Other details: option to suspend draft pick compensation attached to free agents during the 2020-21 offseason. Expanded postseason, potentially eight teams per league. Season would start somewhere in mid-July and end on September 27.

This new proposal presents a modest bump in pay, an additional $71 million, per The Athletic’s Evan Drellich. The owners have set a deadline for Sunday. The MLBPA has remained firm on full prorated salaries, so expect MLB’s latest proposal to also be rejected.

 

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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