Get ready for baseball. According to Jon Heyman, Rob Manfred and Tony Clark had a productive meeting face to face in Arizona. We were right to be skeptical of the players “just tell us where to play” stance from June 14th. But hearing there was a face to face it is reasonable to expect, due to social distancing, only a couple people in the room.
This hopefully resulted in a lot less noise. Perhaps they are finally listening to the deafening roar from all around that they need to make a deal. Bob Nightengale recently verified that this was two meetings, one Tuesday night and one today. Hopefully this is the first step in a deal happening soon.
This is the first real positive news since March that MLB is coming back. What a difference a day makes.
Heyman reports that the deal includes prorated pay and increased playoffs.
Joel Sherman reports even the most pessimistic people see momentum towards a deal.
Nightengale reports players are encouraged.
Andy Martino reports the deal is not done, but is expected.
Not to be outdone, the official MLBPA Communications Twitter account is reporting that a deal is not done.
Ken Rosenthal reports the deal includes a 60 game season starting around July 16, full prorated salaries, expanded playoffs in 2020 AND 2021, and the players waiving any potential grievance.
Reading the tea leaves it appears a deal is very close, not all the players are happy about it, but it will happen soon.
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