Player salaries seem to be a large hindrance in recent conversations about MLB returning in 2020. In recent weeks the discussion about a revenue-sharing system were harshly criticized. It seems like right now discussions between MLB and the MLBPA are at standstill, but there is a meeting scheduled between the two on Tuesday.
The league agreed to pay pro-rated salaries back in March, and the question on if that will be upheld remains unanswered. MLB is expected to propose a different plan, likely negating the original agreement entirely. Players want to get paid. Owners and teams don’t want to lose a lot of money, claiming cash-flow problems are a major issue. Fans miss watching sports, players miss playing and owners are hoping for some income. The discussions continue, with hopes of coming to an agreement soon for everyone involved.
One of the potential options is deferring salaries to the 2021 season, and while that would seem ideal for players, it would likely just elongate the financial issues for ownership. The alternative plan being proposed on Tuesday could be a win for both sides, or could garner more criticism. All I know is that the ominous and informal June 1 deadline is quickly approaching, and if an agreement isn’t made soon baseball won’t likely be starting in July as many hope.
If you’re looking for more information about the negotiations between MLB and the MLBPA that aren’t behind a paywall, this is a great starting point. And while the quote below says next week, the week is upon is. It’s going to be an important one.
Next week is shaping up to be a pivotal one in determining whether baseball will be played in 2020. Fortunately, there are signs that progress could be on the horizon.
While negotiations loom over MLB and the potential for a 2020 season, minor league players are in a completely different situation. They are in limbo. It’s expected that the entire season for MiLB will be canceled, which leaves the players like Ryan Rolison and Tyler Nevin in a strange, unknown spot. While some of the players at the triple-A level will make a potentially expanded roster, those in lower level leagues will have to find different ways to develop.
Zach Wilson, the Rockies’ farm director, said he could not comment on how the Rockies would develop their players if there is no minor league season.
The Rockies will have find a way to develop their young prospects, with or without a minor league season.
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