July 25, 2021

The clock is ticking on 2020 MLB season talks. Here’s what could make a deal work — or fall apart (ESPN)


Finally the ugliness is starting to abate. Because strife and discord are foundational elements of the relationship between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association, the possibility of them reappearing out of nowhere, like autoimmune diseases intent on wrecking a baseball season, remains palpable. And yet in recent days, the parties have come to the place they were always bound to wind up: ready to actually discuss what a 2020 season will look like.

The long-awaited proposal from MLB on an economic plan for this year will be sent to the union early next week, multiple sources briefed on the league’s intentions told ESPN. The posturing and preening of the past two weeks will subside and give way to a more productive fight — the sort that answers the ultimate question: Will there be baseball in 2020?

While there has been progress on the health-and-safety elements of a return, fundamental disagreements on money endure. It’s the kind of problem that in normal circumstances would take months to address. Baseball doesn’t have…

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