PHOENIX — The Major League Baseball Players Association sent their first counter-proposal to Major League Baseball on Sunday afternoon that did not reduce their prorated salary but offered several concessions.
The union asked for a 114-game regular-season instead of 82 games, completed by Oct. 31, which would include the flexibility of doubleheaders.
It also asked for players who qualified as “high risk’’ to opt out and still be paid and receive major-league service.
Players who are not “high risk’’ have the option of opting out and receiving service but will not be paid.
The players would also receive a salary advance during spring training camp worth $100 million for expenses.
It allows MLB to have two years of expanded playoffs, from 10 teams to 14, and not just this year.
It also allows the league to defer $100 million in deferred salaries if there is no postseason because of the pandemic to all contracts in excess of $10 million or more, with interest, to be paid by November, 2022.
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The largest payroll teams would receive $7 million in salary relief.
The players also would agree to commitments on broadcast enhancements, such as mic’ing players during the game and programming away from the ballpark. It also opens the door for events during the postseason or off-season like the Home Run Derby, All-Star Game and other special events.
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