The Major League Baseball Players’ Association has rejected the league’s most recent offer and opted not to counter, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
In a proposal that was made public on Friday, MLB offered the players a 72-game schedule with 80 per cent prorated salaries. Instead of accepting or countering that proposal, the MLBPA asked the league how many games it intends to play and when players should report.
The MLBPA also released a statement, which reads in part: “In recent days, owners have decried the supposed unprofitability of owning a baseball team and the commissioner has repeatedly threatened to schedule a dramatically shortened season unless players agree to hundreds of millions in further concessions…
“As a result, it unfortunately appears that further dialogue with the league would be futile. It’s time to get back to work. Tell us when and where.”
There have been several proposals sent back and forth between the players and the league recently, including the players’ 89-game proposal with 100 per cent prorated salaries on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the first day of the truncated MLB draft, Commissioner Rob Manfred said there is a “100 per cent” chance baseball will be played this season.
Based on an agreement between the players and league in March, Manfred has the power to impose a 50-game season.