Report: MLB rejects players’ 114-game season proposal

Owners not going to counter

Reports from The Athletic and ESPN Wednesday say Major League Baseball has formally rejected the players union’s proposal of a 114-game season with prorated salaries.

The reports add that the league is not expected to send a counter proposal.

The New York Post’s Joel Sherman tweeted that MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred can try to impose a shortened season around the 50-game mark, an idea that was introduced in reports earlier this week. If such a unilateral move is made, The Athletic reports that the union could point to a clause in the March agreement that states the league will make “best efforts to play as many games as possible.”