ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

MLB players union proposes 114-game season starting June 30

May 31, 2020, 7:53 PM | Updated: Jun 1, 2020, 2:28 pm
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)...
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball players proposed a 114-game regular season Sunday, up from 82 in management’s offer, but no additional pay cuts beyond the one they agreed to in March, a person familiar with the plan told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no details were announced.

Opening day in the coronavirus-delayed season would be June 30 and the regular season would end Oct. 31, nearly five weeks after the Sept. 27 conclusion that MLB’s proposal stuck to from the season’s original schedule. The union offered scheduling flexibility to include more doubleheaders.

Players, like MLB, would increase postseason teams from 10 to 14. While management proposed an expanded postseason for 2020 only, the union offered it for this year and next.

A player would receive about about 70% of his salary under the union plan. MLB’s offer Tuesday included a sliding scale in which those at the $563,500 minimum would get about 47% and those at the top — led by Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole at $36 million — would receive less than 23%.

All players would have the right to opt out of the season under the union plan. Those who meet qualifications for high risk or reside with a person who qualifies as high risk would receive salary and major league service. Others who opt out would receive major league service time but no salary.

If the postseason is not held because of a second wave of the pandemic, the union plan calls for $100 million of the approximately $2.8 billion in salary to be deferred with interest, payable in November 2021 and November 2022. Only players whose original 2020 salaries were $10 million or more would be subject to having money deferred.

The union estimates high-payroll teams would have up to $7 million in payroll relief, the person said.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte grimaces after fouling a pitch off his foot during the eighth inn...
Arizona Sports

Report: Marlins expressed interest in D-backs’ Ketel Marte

The D-backs have not shown interest in trading Ketel Marte, but he could be a quite valuable trade chip when the lockout is over.
4 days ago
Seattle Mariners gather as the MLB logo is shown during a review of an attempted catch by right fie...
Associated Press

Major League Baseball owners lock out players

Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement expired Wednesday night, plunging the sport toward a management lockout.
5 days ago
San Diego Padres relief pitcher Mark Melancon, right, celebrates with catcher Victor Caratini after...
Arizona Sports

RHP Mark Melancon strikes 2-year deal with Arizona Diamondbacks

Relief pitcher Mark Melancon and the Arizona Diamondbacks have reportedly struck a two-year deal, confirms Arizona Sports' John Gambadoro.
6 days ago
Arizona Diamondbacks' Carson Kelly (18) is greeted by Christian Walker (53) after scoring against t...
Jake Anderson

D-backs tender contracts to arbitration-eligible Kelly, Walker, Weaver

The Arizona Diamondbacks have tendered contracts to arbitration-eligible players: C Carson Kelly, 1B Christian Walker and RHP Luke Weaver.
7 days ago
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo watches from the dugout during the sixth inning of the t...
Arizona Sports

Diamondbacks fill out rest of coaching staff around Torey Lovullo

The D-backs announced five additions to its restructured staff, naming three assistant hitting coaches and two assistant pitching coaches.
7 days ago
Tampa Bay Rays' Jordan Luplow celebrates in the dugout after his grand slam during the first inning...
Wills Rice

Arizona Diamondbacks acquire outfielder Jordan Luplow from Rays

The Diamondbacks have acquired outfielder Jordan Luplow from the Tampa Bay Rays in return for infielder Ronny Simon.
11 days ago
MLB players union proposes 114-game season starting June 30