By Sam Bush

ESPN is reporting that Major League Baseball has sent a new proposal to the MLB Players Association, and although no deal has been finalized this is significant progress considering where the parties were a few days ago.

Major League Baseball has made three proposals to start the season and the players’ union two, and the sides remain about $1 billion apart in guaranteed salary. Players originally were set to earn $4 billion in salaries before the coronavirus outbreak began.

The union cut off talks Saturday, a day after MLB’s last proposal, and said additional negotiations were futile. Players told MLB to unilaterally set the schedule, but Manfred said MLB would not while there was a threat of a grievance.

The sides reached a deal March 26 in which players agreed to prorated salaries, part of an agreement that included a guarantee of service time even if no games are played this year.

Teams say they need more pay cuts to afford to play in empty ballparks. Players say they will not accept additional salary reductions.

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