It's unclear whether or not Major League Baseball will play a full 162-game schedule this year, but the league and MLBPA reached an agreement Thursday regarding the 2020 campaign.
The league hopes to play at least 100 games with weekly doubleheaders through the month of October. The major concern was with pending free agents, but a deal has been reached on that as well. Players who are expected to hit the open market at the end of the season still will be able to do that regardless of how many games are played.
Something that was also a major concern was preserving the 2020 draft. In this new agreement, the league can shorten the draft from 40 rounds to five, Bonuses will be deferred, and picks would receive an initial payment of $100,00 and get the rest in 2021 and 2022. Non-drafted players can receive up to $20,000 as opposed to $125,000 in previous years.
nb游戏平台Well-known agent Scott Boras wasn't too happy with this new agreement, placing blame on the owners even though the players agreed to the terms.
nb游戏平台“It’s unconscionable the owners in this climate would reduce the collectively bargained money given to drafted players in the top rounds,” Boras said, according to Rosenthal. “I don’t mind them reducing the rounds. That’s not the issue. It’s reducing the payments to those players. To cut their bonuses in this climate and use a pandemic situation in our country as a means to do that, I really find it unconscionable.
nb游戏平台“The best players do not deserve to have their bonuses cut. That’s who you should invest in.”
No agreement was going to be ideal in this climate with the COVID-19 outbreak, but the MLB at least has some sort of idea on where things are headed.
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