The baseball world went into a frenzy last night when Jon Heyman reported that Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association were closing in on an agreement to play a shortened 2020 season with full prorated salaries.
Unfortunately, the excitement was squashed quickly when the MLBPA said…
Reports of an agreement are false.
— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) June 17, 2020
What happened, it seems, is that Rob Manfred believed that he and Union head Tony Clark agreed to the framework of a return-to-play deal, but the wagon got put ahead of the horse a bit because the Union itself hadn’t actually given the deal a thumbs up.
It’s yet another chapter in this slog of a saga we’ve been grinding through the past few months, but, it does seem as though the two sides are inching closer and closer to a deal. The key concession in this plan is that the owners are offering the players full prorated salaries, which is what was agreed upon in the first place back in March when things got shut down.
The new sticking point appears to be the number of games in the schedule. MLB’ …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation