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Labor Negotiation News
For five glorious minutes, we were allowed to believe that Jon Heyman had delivered us to the promised land, the land of baseball. Then Ken Rosenthal and Jeff Passan came in and made us realize that we had seen what was not in Heyman’s tweets and leapt to conclusions. And here we are once again.
The warring parties are once again acting like they might be able to make a deal. This time the starting basis is 60 games with prorated pay and expanded playoffs, although that still could change. It also includes two years of universal designated hitters. Rob Manfred and Tony Clark basically had a meeting but the MLBPA says that doesn’t mean there is an agreement. Here is the punctuation mark from the MLBPA. So they can’t even agree on whether they agreed on anything, since the Commissioner’s Statement says they agreed on a framework that could lead to an agreement. If they can work this out, though, spring training version 2.0 could begin June 29.
Minor League Baseball News
The MLB Players Trust is donating $1 million to help minor league players survive the coronavirus pandemic. Some teams are offering 2021 deals to incoming amateur players both drafted and undrafted. This is apparently intended to add a year of team control.