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There are still nagging financial questions being negotiated between MLB and the MLBPA. The question of vesting options is giving them the most trouble. MLB has formally announced the rule changes for 2020 and there are a lot of them. Once a player has been placed in the 60 man pool, he can only be taken back out of that pool by being exposed to waiver claims or trades, released, outrighted or designated for assignment.
The Toronto Blue Jays appear to have gotten special approval from the Canadian government to play their games in Toronto. Presumably this will involve some kind of exemption from the 14 day quarantine rule for visiting players. The Twins have made a decision to take 68 year old bullpen coach Bob McClure and 66 year old major league coach Bill Evers off the field due to concerns about COVID-19. They will still be paid and will probably take on advisory roles of some sort. Will other teams follow suit and begin a youth movement among their coaching staffs?
Several players have already decided to opt out of the season, including Mike Leake and Ryan Zimmerman. Ian Desmond with powerful words late at night. Anthony Rizzo intends to play despite being a cancer survivor. Aaron Judge intends to play despite having suffered a punctured lung in late February.
Multiple employees of the Rangers tested positive for the coronavirus and an anonymous source says many of them are terrified for their safety. John Heyman has a problem with the term “Summer Camp.” The calls for Fenway Park to crack down on the racism are really heating up.