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

Anthony Kay, T.J. Zeuch will be part of September call-ups

Two young pitchers on the verge of making the big leagues and in talks to be part of the 2020 Blue Jays rotation are going to be part of the September call-ups with rosters expanding.

Pitchers Anthony Kay and T.J. Zeuch will be among the @BlueJays’ September call-ups, @ShiDavidi reports.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) September 2, 2019

Kay, 24, was part of the return for Marcus Stroman from the New York Mets and has been able to completely dominate for Triple-A Buffalo since coming over to the Toronto organization. Through seven starts and a total of 36 innings pitched, Kay has been able to keep a 2.50 ERA while striking-out 9.8 batters per nine.
He’s been struggling with the control since being promoted up to the highest minor-league level, averaging 5.5 walks per nine with Buffalo and 3.16 BB/9 while still in the Mets organization. All will be tested once he makes his major-league debut later this month.
Zeuch was a first-round selection by the Blue Jays back in 2016 and at 24-years-old, he should be nearing a big-league opportunity anyway and has certainly earned that. Highlighted by a no-hitter a couple weeks ago, his first season in Triple-A has featured a total of 13 starts …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation