MLB 2020 season proposal timeline: Owners' offers and union counteroffers

With the 2020 baseball season hanging in the balance in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have been trading proposals to return to action. Here, we break down the details of the offers and counteroffers from the owners and the union as both sides negotiate a resumption of preseason preparation, a shortened regular season, alternative playoff formats and -- of course -- player compensation and player safety.

Owners vote to proceed with 2020 season: June 22

MLB owners voted unanimously to proceed with the 2020 season under the terms of their March 26 agreement with the MLB Players Association. The owners' vote gives commissioner Rob Manfred the power to implement a schedule of his choosing, with sources saying that will be 60 games with Opening Day around July 24.

MLBPA votes 'no' on 60-game proposal: June 22

The players' union voted 33-5 to reject MLB's 60-game offer with expanded playoffs, putting commissioner Rob Manfred in position to unilaterally implement a schedule of his choosing -- likely between 50 and 60 games.

There's also a chance owners could vote not to play at all in 2020. It would take eight no votes to cancel the season altogether.

MLB 'will not play more than 60 games' or respond to players' latest plan: June 19

Season: 60 regular-season games maximum

Compensation: Full prorated salaries

"MLB has informed the Association that it will not respond to our last proposal and will not play more than 60 games," the MLBPA said in a statement. MLB's last offer was for a 60-game season made on Wed., June 17 or the commissioner could try to implement a shorter season.

MLBPA's third counterproposal: June 18

Season: 70 regular-season games, July 19-Sept. 30.

Postseason: 16 teams for 2020 and 2021.

Compensation: Full prorated salaries

• Additional provisions include a 50/50 split of incremental TV revenues for any additional postseason games in 2021; universal designated hitter in 2020 and 2021; clubs granted permission to sell advertisements/patches on uniforms in 2020 and 2021, and a mutual waiver of potential grievances under the March agreement.

MLB's fourth offer: June 17

Season: 60 regular-season games, July 19-Sept. 27.

Postseason: 16 teams.

Compensation: Full prorated salaries.

With the union essentially cutting off talks in rejecting the league's last offer, commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA executive director Tony Clark met face-to-face in Arizona.

MLB's third offer: June 12

Season: 72 regular-season games, mid-July-Sept. 27.

Postseason: 16 teams.

Compensation: Maxing out at 80% of full prorated salaries, including an extra $50 million that would go to playoff teams and bring the overall percentage up to 83%.

• Roster size of 30 for the first two weeks of the season, 28 for the next two weeks and 26 after that.

MLBPA's second counterproposal: June 9

Season: 89 regular-season games, July 11-Oct. 10.

Postseason: 16 teams (eight in each league) for 2020 and 2021.

Compensation: Full prorated salaries.

• Players who are "high risk" or reside with a "high risk" individual for COVID-19 are entitled to full service and salary if they opt out of participating in the 2020 season; players with no high-risk concerns may opt out, but without service or salary.

MLB's second offer: June 8

Season: 76 regular-season games; regular season ends by Sept. 27.

Postseason: Expanded to up to eight teams per league for 2020, at MLB's discretion, does extend further than the end of October.

Compensation: Players would receive 75% of their prorated salaries, contingent on the playoffs being completed.

• Individuals at high risk of contracting the coronavirus could opt out of the 2020 season and retain their salaries and service time.

• Elimination of direct draft-pick compensation for free agents tagged with qualifying offers; teams losing top free agents would get a compensatory draft pick but those signing that free agent would not be penalized by having to give up a top pick.

MLBPA's first counterproposal: May 31

Season: 114 regular-season games, June 29-Oct. 31.

Postseason: Expanded 14-team playoffs for two years.

Compensation: Full prorated compensation per game played.

• A salary advance of $100 million to split among players during the so-called "spring training 2.0" that leads up to the regular season.

• Additional commitment to players wearing microphones on the field and other broadcast enhancements.

• An offer to hold events such as an offseason All-Star Game or Home Run Derby to generate additional revenue.

MLB's first offer to the players: May 26

Season: An 82-game regular-season schedule starting in July after a 21-day spring training.

Postseason: Expands to 14 teams for 2020.

Compensation: Instead of full prorated salaries, a sliding scale that goes down as salaries go up, with every dollar:

• $563,500 (MLB minimum) to $1 million paid at 72.5%
• $1,000,001 to $5 million paid at 50%
• $5,000,001 to $10 million paid at 40%
• $10,000,001 to $20 million paid at 30%
• $20,000,001 and up paid at 20%

Postseason bonuses weighted to pay higher-paid players more.