Negotiations Continue

After days of angry exchanges over money between Major League Baseball and the players’ association, Commissioner Rob Manfred started to doubt whether there would be a 2020 season and said as much on national television. He then called union head Tony Clark and offered to fly from New York to Arizona to meet for the first time in three months. They spoke one-on-one for several hours Tuesday in a room at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale and emerged with what M-L-B considered a framework for each leader to sell to his side. M-L-B thought it had terms to play the pandemic-delayed season in empty ballparks, not just a proposal. The union said nothing publicly and staff conferred with the eight-man executive subcommittee and other players. Some on the players’ side considered the framework merely another plan subject to more bargaining. The framework includes full prorated pay, even if games are played in empty ballparks. Each team would play 60 games over 10 weeks starting July 20th, though a Sunday opener on July 19th could be added. The framework would result in players receiving about 37-percent of their salaries and would come to roughly 1.48-billion-dollars from salaries originally totaling four-billion-dollars.