According to Jon Heyman, Major League Baseball and the players union are closing in on an agreement to play to 2020 season. Brief details include them working out prorated pay, as well as expanded playoffs.

Heyman reported earlier that MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and player union chief Tony Clark had a productive meeting at the request of Manfred.

One of the big issues, which was only brought up recently, was a possible grievance being filed by the players. The pending deal reportedly says that the players have waived that possibility

According to Jeff Passan, the season would be 60 games, ending on September 27th, followed by the expanded playoffs.

Ken Rosenthal adds that the start date would be July 19/20 under the potential agreement.

This all appears to be very good news. The players get their full pro-rated salary, owners get expanded playoffs. Now the players just need to agree to the proposal, which seems likely, since they were will to settle for the commissioner mandated start of the season a few days ago, which would have been for fewer games and obviously less pay.

 

UPDATE: Of course the players don’t like it because that would be too easy. Sigh…

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