Major League Baseball has made a proposal to its players that includes a 76-game season, according to ESPN‘s Karl Ravech.
Under the new proposal, players would receive 75 per cent prorated salaries as well as playoff pool money. The regular season would end on Sept. 27 with the World Series wrapping up by the end of October.
The campaign would likely begin around July 10th, according to MLB Network‘s Jon Heyman.
Up to this point, the Players’ Association and the owners have not been able to see eye to eye as the two sides work toward a plan for a 2020 campaign. The prorated salary issue has been a major sticking point in negotiations.
In May, MLB proposed an 82-game season with an additional sliding scale of pay cuts that would include topping stars Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole at less than 22% of the $36 million they had been set to earn.
Players countered with a plan for a 114-game regular season with no pay cuts beyond the prorated salaries they agreed to on March 26. That would leave each player with about 70 per cent of his original pay.
In response, the league was reported to have been considering a season with as few as 50 games but such a proposal did not formally come to fruition.
With files from The Associated Press