The MLBPA responded to MLB’s proposal regarding the start of the 2020 season Sunday afternoon. MLB called the players’ proposal “a non-starter”. So, the ball’s back in the owners’ court.
I hope everyone continues to be well. This is week twelve of my self-imposed quarantine. Still remaining at home. Might take the car out his week for a “walk”. A drive by the Complex might be part of the itinerary.
The players’ proposal included –
- a 114-game regular season that would end on Halloween,
- an opt-out clause that would allow any player to sit out the season, and
- a potential deferral of 2020 salaries if the postseason was canceled.
Furthermore, the start of the season would be June 30th and the expanded playoff structure would be kept in place for both the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Players would receive a $100M salary advance during next year’s Spring Training in the event of a canceled 2020 postseason. Players who are considered high risk candidates for COVID-19 (or who have spouses or family members who are high risk) would be able to opt out of playing this season while still receiving their entire prorated salaries. Players who aren’t high risk but still don’t want to risk playing in 2020 will receive service time but no salary.
Since the Oakland A’s first announced that they wouldn’t continue paying the stipends to their minor league players past May 31st, most organizations have announced that they would continue thru the end of June. One, the Nationals, announced that they would continue with a lower stipend. Seven organizations announced that they will pay the stipends through the end of August and the Reds have committed to paying through September 7th. Four organizations have yet to announce their intentions.
I believe that the organization’s announcements that they will continue to pay the monthly stipends through the end of August is evidence that the Minor League season will be cancelled. Most likely after some major announcement regarding the Major League season.
Several organizations began releasing minor league players last week. The Phillies may have released some players, but no transactions have been reported. The Phillies don’t make these types of announcements until all the affected players have been notified. Jon Heyman, without referring to a source, reported that the Phillies have released TJ Rivera. However, Rivera’s Twitter and Instagram accounts still say he is in the Phillies Organization.
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- May 26, 2020 – Owners present latest proposal to players
- May 31, 2020 MLBPA counters with their own proposal
- June 10-11, 2020 – Amateur Draft
- June 14, 2020 – Beginning of signing non-drafted players
- July 2, 2020 – January 15, 2021 – Start of the international signing period
- 5/15/2020 – OF Felix Reyes assigned to DSL White
- 5/15/2020 – RHP Edgar Zuniga assigned to DSL White
- 5/15/2020 – SS Erick Barria assigned to DSL White
- 5/15/2020 – DSL Red released LHP Jose Palacio released (2/18/20)
- 5/15/2020 – DSL White released INF Victor Alfonso (2/17/20)
- 5/15/2020 – DSL White released RHP Norman Anciani (2/18/20)
- 5/15/2020 – DSL White released RHP Fausto Pediet (2/18/20)
- 5/15/2020 – DSL White released RHP Luis Vegas (2/18/20)
- 5/07/2020 – RHP Jason Lott assigned to GCL Phillies East