MLB’s proposed worst-case-scenario service time plan and what it means for the Blue Jays

Earlier today, I wrote about the updated talks between Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association and the issues the two sides were working on in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic pushing the season back.

The really big issue on the table right now is service time. If there is a season, it isn’t complicated to work around. The league would make an amendment on the league around what a full season of service time means in this one-off situation so that players could accrue a regular, full season in the league even if the 2020 season were only 81 games, for example. But, in a doomsday, worst-case-scenario situation, things get a little bit trickier.
According to Ken Rosenthal, MLB and the PA are working on ironing out an agreement for how service time for 2020 would be calculated in the event the season gets cancelled. Apparently, MLB is willing to give players the same service time they earned in 2019 this year, even if there isn’t a season.

Latest MLB proposal includes draft in 2020, likely later than current June dates, sources tell The Athletic. Also includes service time for players if season is canceled; players would get …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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