Major League Baseball and the players' association are willing to modify their financial stances to reach a deal to potentially play a shortened 2020 campaign amid the coronavirus pandemic, reports Chuck Garfien of NBC Sports Chicago.
Additionally, MLB is not expected to propose a full revenue-sharing model, people with knowledge of the league's plans told Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic.
The MLBPA is expected to counter and ask for prorated salaries based on the number of contests played, and a deferral of money to future seasons to help owners financially in 2020, according to Garfien.
The union may be most amenable to a plan where 2020 salaries are deferred, Rosenthal and Drellich add.
MLB reportedly told players in mid-May that each game held without fans and with prorated salaries will cost $640,000.
Both stances are considered starting points for negotiations, a source told Garfien.
It's believed player-safety protocols are also a key issue. The union recently submitted its response to MLB's 67-page proposal for health guidelines, which included notes on the following areas:
- The frequency of coronavirus tests
- Protocols for when players/employees test positive
- Medical personnel at ballparks
- Protection for players, families considered to be high-risk
- Access to pregame and postgame therapies
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