The Major League Baseball Players Association has turned down the latest MLB proposal for the universal designated hitter and an expanded playoff format, according to sources.

The union's stance has been that it did not want to talk about a trade of the universal DH -- which benefits a group of players -- in return for expanded playoffs.

Nonetheless, Major League Baseball included the two items in its proposal.

The universal DH and expanded playoff format were implemented for 2020 during the 60-game shortened regular season due to the coronavirus pandemic.