08:18: If this agreement is ratified on Friday, a freeze on transactions will take place, Evan Drellich from The Athletic reports. It is unclear how long it will last, but it will stop the guard at the moment.
7:56: Major League Baseball and MLBPA have reached an agreement in the negotiations, Jeff Passan from ESPN reports. The deal covers issues such as service time and gives the clubs the right to shorten the amateur draft accordingly Jake Seiner from the Associated Press.
The draft can go down to five rounds, per Passan, but MLB will be able to increase the total amount, Ken Rosenthal from The Athletic relays and adds that the event will not occur later than July. Unauthorized free agents can register for up to $ 20,000, per Jon Heyman from MLB Network.
In another decision that will have an effect on young talent from the entire game, the upcoming international signing period may be delayed until as late as January 2021, Passan writes.
For those who are already in the league, players will receive a $ 170MM advance (3 to 4 percent of their full salary) spread over two months, Rosenthal reports. Players’ salary is calculated depending on how long the season lasts. They will not be able to sue for their full wages, Rosenthal adds.
With coronavirus sure to shorten or cancel this campaign, wages and service time have obviously been major issues in the conversation between the league and the union. A typical season would have been 186 days in total, giving players up to 172 days of service time. However, we do not know how many there will be this season, and it could have affected future free agent classes and when the team promoted their opportunities, the two sides had not hammered anything.
Thanks to this agreement, all players who are active or on the injured list throughout 2020 (regardless of length) will have a full year of service time. It means players like Mookie Betts and J.T. Realmuto are still on the path to becoming free agents next winter, while those currently in their final seasons of arbitration could go through the process then.
These are really big steps for baseball during a time of such uncertainty, although there are still more details to practice. For example, like Rosenthal notes, spring training agreement and roster size have not come to this point. Under normal circumstances we would have seen 26 race plans this year, but it is possible that the number will increase for 2020 if a season occurs.