MLB owners and players haven’t been able to agree on how to start the season over the past few months, but alas – we now have a season. We think. After yet another proposal rejections, Commissioner Rob Manfred met with owners and the owner decides – unanimously – to hold a season.
The catch? The Players Union needs to respond to two questions by 5PM ET on June 23rd.
- If players will be able to report to camp within 7 days (July 1st)
- If the players will agree on the operating manual that contains the health and safety guidelines
Other items of note that were not included in this deal:
- Universal DH for the 2020 and 2021 seasons
- $25 million in playoff pools for the 2020 post season
- $33 million in forgiven salary advances
- Players earnings will be 104% of prorated salaries
- No expanded post season
The deal defaults back to the March 26th agreement which can be found here.
And now we wait for the response which I assume will be a yes. The MLB season could start in late July after a shorted “spring training” starting on July 1st.