For Major League Baseball, not much changed this past week regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. MLB representatives did get a chance to talk to President Trump along with the heads of the other major sports leagues. We discuss that conversation as well as why it’s a good sign for baseball.
MLB Update – April 6th Edition
2020 Major League Baseball Season
- When: TBD
- Where: Various Venues
2020 World Series Futures
- New York Yankees +375
- Los Angeles Dodgers +285
- Houston Astros +850
- Atlanta Braves +1200
- Louis Cardinals +2000
- Minnesota Twins +1200
- Washington Nationals +1600
- New York Mets +1700
- Philadelphia Phillies +3300
- Los Angeles Angels +2500
- Boston Red Sox +4000
- Cleveland Indians +3000
- Chicago Cubs +2800
- Tampa Bay Rays +1700
- Oakland Athletics +1800
- Cincinnati Reds +3000
- Milwaukee Brewers +4000
- Chicago White Sox +2500
- San Diego Padres +5000
- Arizona Diamondbacks +4500
- Texas Rangers +7000
- Toronto Blue Jays +10000
- Colorado Rockies +20000
- Pittsburgh Pirates +25000
- San Francisco Giants +25000
- Seattle Mariners +30000
- Baltimore Orioles +30000
- Detroit Tigers +30000
- Kansas City Royals +30000
- Miami Marlins +20000
Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association remain in lock step
In last week’s MLB Update, we talked about the deal that the players and the league struck. Major League Baseball will advance players $170 million over the next couple of months. The league will pay the $170 million whether a single game is played or not. MLB will determine what players get from the $170 million based on whether their contracts are guaranteed. Per ESPN, there are fallouts from this deal.
For starters, future free agents like Mookie Betts, Marcus Stroman, J.T. Realmuto, and Trevor Bauer, may never play for their current teams. Betts could never don Dodger blue.
Second, a transaction freeze goes into place once everyone signs the deal. No trades. Zero free agent signings. No roster moves. The third and final thing has to do with arbitration. For that, we took it directly from ESPN:
“A rejiggered setting for arbitration, the system that awards players with three, four and five years of service time with higher salaries. While arbitration is a numbers- and precedent-based system typically, the sides will change that to acknowledge the shorter schedule.”
Make no mistake, Major League Baseball wants to resume their season. They just understand that the Covid-19 pandemic is a fluid situation. Having players and the league in lockstep is a great sign that baseball is ready to return if able to.
MLB Commissioner Manfred suspends minor league season
Last week, commissioner Manfred suspended the 2020 MLB Minor League Season. The league said that they’d pay minor league players $400 per week until May. While explaining the decision, Manfred told minor league players that they could request grants from the Baseball Assistance Team.
That’s yet another sign that MLB appears to have it together.
Trump believes the NFL can start on time
U.S. President Donald Trump believes the National Football League could start their season on time. The NFL Preseason starts in August. The NFL Regular Season starts in September. Trump provided his views to the heads of the major sports leagues.
If Trump is right, that’s excellent news for MLB. Major League Baseball has their playoffs in late October. The regular season doesn’t end until September. MLB may not play a full season this year, but baseball could resume sometime in July, and with double-headers on most days, get in at least 100 games for each team.
It’s doable. Let’s hold out hope that we’ll have a 2020 MLB Season and players like Mookie, Trevor, Marcus, and J.T. get to step onto the diamond for their current teams!
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