When will baseball return? Soon it seems but not in the way anyone other than MLB ownership was hoping for. The Major League Baseball Players Association rejected MLB’s latest proposal on Saturday and won’t submit a counter proposal according to a report by ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The union instead instructed the league to inform it of how many games they intend to play and when players should report as they see any future negotiations as a waste of time.
The league to this point has submitted multiple proposals that were essentially the same financial package. The players rightfully are unwilling to move off the pro-rated salaries that they agreed to back in March. The owners don’t want to waste time on a regular season that will cost them money when they could fast forward to the postseason which will pay them well.
The lack of an agreement hasn’t stopped the league from further negotiating its future. ESPN reported Saturday that Major League Baseball reached a billion-dollar deal with Turner Sports for continued rights to air playoff games. It still probably won’t stop some owners from complaining that owning a team isn’t a lucrative proposition.
MLB Draft Reaction
- Keith Law published his thoughts on each National League team’s Draft class Saturday at The Athletic.
- The Athletic’s Jim Bowden released his list of winners and losers from this year’s MLB Draft.
- ESPN’s David Schoenfield lists the player from each team’s draft class that could make the majors first. For the Braves, Schoenfield goes with first round pick Jared Shuster.
- Teams can begin signing undrafted players Sunday at 9 a.m. ET. MLB Pipeline’s Jonathan Mayo took a look at 10 names to keep an eye on.
Alex Anthopoulos was a guest on Buck and Kincade on 680 The Fan Friday where he discussed the state of baseball and the Braves’ 2020 MLB Draft class.
More trouble and scrutiny could be on the horizon for commissioner Rob Manfred. A New York judge ruled on Friday that a letter from the commissioner to the Yankees addressing the findings of a 2017 investigation into the team should be unsealed according to a report by The Athletic’s Evan Drellich. The ruling comes as part of the proceedings in a lawsuit brought against the league by daily fantasy sports contestants in the wake of the sign-stealing scandals.