The reason for that was the owners were afraid the MLBPA would file a grievance against the league since the original agreement was that they would do everything in their power to play as long of a season as possible, which they have failed to do.
Manfred's comments Thursday indicated that the owners' preference is to reach an agreement with the union, so that could turn out to be the first tack the owners take: They make a new offer, perhaps a last-and-best one.
MLB's latest offer calls for a shortened 60-game season that would begin around July 19, FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal and other outlets reported.
News of the meeting broke Wednesday afternoon after Manfred issued a statement about his meeting with Clark in Phoenix on Tuesday. As of Tuesday, the Athletic reported, at least eight owners might prefer not to play at all this season - and because 75% of the 30 owners must vote in favor of a proposal to approve it, eight votes would kill it. "We left that meeting with a jointly developed framework that we agreed could form the basis of an agreement and subject to conversations with our respective constituents".
The union had cut off talks Saturday, a day after MLB's previous proposal, and said additional negotiations were futile.
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Players said they'd play when and where they were told, if salary requirements were met. He said Manfred invited the players' union to send a counterproposal and he sent one. And, MLB's framework is reportedly contingent on the union waiving a potential grievance against the league for some of the stuff you just read. The proposal includes full prorated pay for players based on their 2020 seasons and an expanded postseason for both 2020 and 2021.
Manfred's decision to fly to Clark's home was, in itself, a concession.
The proposal from Major League Baseball that got the season back on track reportedly includes full pro-rated pay for players, the demand they never wavered from, over a 60-game season.