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OC Register: MLB players reportedly counter owners’ offer with proposed 70-game schedule

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Major League Baseball players reportedly countered the owners proposal of a 60-game with their own 70-game schedule on Thursday, as the two sides inched closer to a deal that would allow a shortened season to begin.

The sides have apparently agreed that the players will be played their full pro-rated salaries and the playoffs will expand from 10 to 16 teams, creating extra revenue.

Now, they must settle on the length of the schedule, which obviously has financial implications if the players are to be paid on a per-game basis.

The difference in total player salaries between 60 and 70 games is about $250 million, or about $8.3 million per team.

Owners proposed a 10-week season starting July 19 and ending Sept. 27. If many games are to be added to their 60-game proposal, it could require extra days at the beginning or end of that window.

The owners also proposed adding the designated hitter to the National League in 2020 and 2021, a change likely to be embraced by the players because it creates more high-paying jobs and allows older players to remain in the game longer.

Negotiations had apparently hit a stalemate Monday, when Commissioner Rob Manfred said he was losing confidence there could be an agreement with the players.

On Tuesday, Manfred and union head Tony Clark met face-to-face in Phoenix for a meeting that established what Manfred later said was the “framework” of a deal.

More to come on this story.

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