Just when things seemed especially bleak between MLB owners and players, we got word from veteran MLB reporter Jon Heyman that there was a “productive” meeting today. Later, he dropped a bombshell that the two sides are close to a deal:
Breaking: MLB and players union are closing in on an agreement to play the 2020 season, via players. Deal expected to be for prorated pay and include expanded playoffs.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 17, 2020
This can only be construed as fantastic news — it will be interesting to look under the hood of the deal to see how many games will be played and what the specifics are as far as compensation are concerned.
UPDATE: Not (quite) so fast?
Major League Baseball has sent a new proposal to the MLB Players Association, sources tell ESPN. No deal is done, but with Rob Manfred and Tony Clark having met, this is seen as significant progress considering where the parties were 48 hours ago.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 17, 2020
Source says no deal is close yet between MLB and MLBPA beccause the proposal was just sent by MLB. No agreement even in principle at this point.
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) June 17, 2020
UPDATE II: Here is the framework of the potential deal:
Source: MLB proposal includes:
•60 games in 70 days
•Season starting July 19th/20th
•Full Prorated Salary
•Expanded Playoffs in 2020 and 2021
•Waiving of any potential grievance
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 17, 2020
This is a developing story and we will update it as new information emerges.