This morning’s links revolve around Major League Baseball owners’ latest proposal to the players, a 60-game season with full, pro-rated pay after Rob Manfred and Tony Clark met in person on Tuesday in Phoenix.
Manfred in a statement Wednesday said, “We left that meeting with a jointly developed framework that we agreed could form the basis of an agreement and subject to conversations with our respective constituents.”
- Bill Shaikin at the Los Angeles Times reports that owners thought they had a deal with their 60-game offer. The players, not so much.
- Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports has some specific details of the latest owners’ offer.
- Joel Sherman at the New York Post reported that the owners’ offer included universal designated hitter in both 2020 and 2021, plus a $25 million postseason pool for the players.
- Alden Gonzalez, Buster Olney and Jesse Rogers at ESPN offered their thoughts on how close we are now to a deal for a 2020 MLB season.
- Jeff Fletcher at the Orange County Register wrote that the meeting between Manfred and Clark showed “there is renewed hope the sides can agree on a course for a 2020 season.”
- Ronald Blum at the Associated Press breaks down the owners’ proposal.
- Craig Edwards at FanGraphs takes a closer look at the MLB owners’ offer of a 60-game season at pro-rated pay.
- Andy McCullough at The Athletic understands the “when and where” part of MLB returning. But he wonders how, during the coronavirus pandemic, MLB will pull this off.
- From earlier Wednesday, Joe Posnanski at The Athletic wrote, “The owners are being asked in these extraordinary times to spend money so that there might be baseball. After the billions and billions and billions of dollars that fans and citizens have given them over the years — and the promise of so much more in the years ahead — it seems like such a small price to pay.”