The 60-game schedule proposed in the framework is still on the low side for the players, who are reportedly looking for at least a 70-game season.
While there have been multiple proposals put forth, this latest one might be the one to stick.
Players are angry following five years of flat salaries, a lost grievance claiming the Chicago Cubs manipulated the service time of star third baseman Kris Bryant in violation of the labor contract and allegations several teams did not properly use revenue sharing proceeds, which the union called "tanking". Those concerns are founded in the belief that players getting a raw deal may seek some type of restitution or compensation if they feel they were treated unfairly.
The Players Association also went out of its way to squelch a report that an agreement in principle had been reached, tweeting, "Reports of an agreement are false".
One of the biggest hurdles left is how many games will be played.
Commissioner Rob Manfred stoked optimism around baseball after face-to-face talks with union chief Tony Clark in Arizona.
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If a negotiated agreement can not be struck, Manfred retains the ability to implement the length of the regular season, and the league has previously threatened to do so for a 50-game season.
"Players are disgusted that after Rob Manfred unequivocally told players and fans that there would '100%' be a 2020 season, he has made a decision to go back on his word and is now threatening to cancel the entire season", Clark said in a statement Monday. "I summarized that framework numerous times in the meeting and sent Tony a written summary today", the statement read.
The league and players are working on a plan to begin the 2020 season after it was postponed by the spread of the coronavirus. "Consistent with our conversations yesterday, I am encouraging the clubs to move forward and I trust Tony is doing the same".
If the only thing that is preventing this framework from becoming the real deal is the season length, it's once again coming down to the frugality of the owners. In a statement, Manfred explained this decision.
On Saturday, the union rejected the owners' third offer, saying further negotiation would be "futile" and demanding that owners "tell us when and where" to report for work. To some, it didn't seem like the 2020 season was going to happen at all.