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Report: MLB owners make counter proposal to players with 60 games

We might be closing in on a baseball season. We break down the latest news with Rob Manfred and Tony Clark meeting one-on-one in Arizona.

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UPDATE 7:45 p.m.: The MLB proposal includes universal DH for both 2020 and 2021, per reporter Joel Sherman. The offer includes the 100 percent prorated salary previously negotiated, and a $25 million postseason pool.

UPDATE 3:45 p.m.: Commissioner Rob Manfred issued the following statement.

“At my request, Tony Clark and I met for several hours yesterday in Phoenix. We left that meeting with a jointly developed framework that we agreed could form the basis of an agreement and subject to conversations with our respective constituents. I summarized that framework numerous times in the meeting and sent Tony a written summary today. Consistent with our conversations yesterday, I am encouraging the Clubs to move forward and I trust Tony is doing the same.”

UPDATE 3:10 p.m.: Buster Olney is reporting the owners’ counter proposal is 60 games starting July 19th, with the prorated pay previously negotiated. Ken Rosenthal is reporting the offer includes expanded playoffs in 2020 and 2021 and waiving any potential grievance.

UPDATE 3:06 p.m.: The MLBPA tweeted that reports of a deal being done are false. Heyman said one was close, while others are saying simply the owners have sent a proposal to the players and it is being reviewed. Even though a deal is not done, the owners sending a proposal after an outright rejection of their last proposal is a big deal.

UPDATE 2:38 p.m.: If a deal gets done, the players are agreeing to waive any grievance, per Jon Heyman.

Negotiations around starting the 2020 Major League Baseball season appear to finally be making some progress. Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA executive director Tony Clark have been meeting one-on-one in Arizona, and they are closing in on an agreement, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

Heymam is reporting a potential deal would include prorated pay and expanded playoffs. There is no word yet as to how many games the season might be. The owners sent a proposal to the players “a short while ago,” according to The Athletic’s Evan Drellich.

The players have pushed for more games, while the owners have suggested they would drop to 50 if it meant paying the previously negotiated pro-rated pay. Two days ago, Manfred told ESPN he was not confident we would see a 2020 baseball season. The owners have been pushing for players to take a further pay cut, and over the weekend the players rejected that and told the owners to implement whatever schedule they wanted.