Earlier Wednesday, Jon Heyman from MLB network tweeted that the two parties were close to reaching an agreement to play the 2020 campaign.
Although no agreement is reached, Commissioner Rob Manfred admitted in a statement on Wednesday that he and union leader Tony Clark met in Phoenix for several hours on Tuesday and separated after establishing a “framework which we have agreed that it could form the basis of an agreement and subject to conversations with our respective constituents.
“I summarized this framework several times at the meeting and sent Tony a written summary today. Consistent with our conversations yesterday, I encourage clubs to move forward and I am confident that Tony does the same, “said Manfred.
The latest proposal would include 60 games in 70 days, a start date on July 19 or 20, a full prorated salary, expanded playoffs in 2020 and 2021 and the waiver of any potential grievances, by The AthleticIs Ken Rosenthal.
Manfred and Clark having met are “considered significant progress given the location of the parties 48 hours ago,” reported ESPNS Jeff Passan, as news of the two MLB decision makers engaged in the discussion came in the midst of a turbulent time for planning to return to the game of the league.
On Monday, just two days after Clark said further negotiations with the league were futile, Manfred said he was “not convinced” that there would be matches this year after a break in talks between the teams and the players’ union on how to distribute the money in one season. delayed by the new coronavirus pandemic – a reversal of his position last week, when he said he was “100%” certain that the 2020 season would start.
The 2020 MLB season was originally scheduled to start on March 26, but the league was forced to announce on March 12 that the rest of the spring training matches had been canceled and that the start of the regular season would be delayed due to of the COVID-19 pandemic. .
With files from the Associated Press