A typical season would have had 186 days in total, providing players with up to 172 days of service time. We don’t know how much there will be this season, however, and it could have had lasting effects on players and teams if the two sides hadn’t hammered something out. Now, thanks to this agreement, all players who are active or on the injured list for the entire shortened 2020 season will receive a full year of service, according to Ken Rosenthal from Athletic. The players’ service time will be prorated in the event of a truncated campaign, Joel Sherman of the New York Post add. So if there is a 100-day season and a player is active for 50 of those days, they will have half a year of service. If no season occurs, the accumulated service time will be based on the number of days won by the player in 2019, by Rosenthal.
The service time portion of this pact is particularly welcome news for many who are expected to become free agents next winter. The tastes of Mookie Betts, J.T. Realmuto and George Springer will all remain in position to reach the free agency then even if a season is not held. Meanwhile, pre-arbitration players (including names like Matt Chapman and Gleyber Torres) will stay on track to go through the arb process for the first time.
For now, these big leaguers and the other members of the MLB will receive an advance of $ 170 million (3 to 4% of their total salary) spread over two months, Rosenthal Reports. Player salaries will be prorated based on the length of the season, and they will not be able to continue for their full amount. Add Rosenthal.
Looking ahead to summer, this year’s amateur draft could drop to five rounds, per Passan, but the MLB will have the opportunity to increase that total, Rosenthal said, adding that the event will not happen until July. Player signing bonuses will be deferred, not distributed in advance, and will receive 10% now and 45% over the next two years. Meanwhile, undrafted free agents can sign up to $ 20,000 per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
In another move that will have some effect on young talent around the world, the next international signing period could be delayed until January 2021, writes Passan.
These are certainly remarkable milestones for baseball in this time of uncertainty, although there are still more details to be worked out. For example, as Rosenthal notes, the agreements on spring training and size have not yet come together. Under normal circumstances, we would have seen lists of 26 men this year, but it is possible that this number will increase for 2020 if a season occurs.