Clark Issues New Statement On 2020 Season Negotiations

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Clark informed Manfred that the 60-game season proposed by the league was not long enough, a source said.

Manfred reportedly opened negotiations back up this week by flying to Arizona to meeting with MLBPA executive director Tony Clark, and the meeting was said to be a productive one.

The 30 MLB team owners and the MLB Players Association have reached agreement on a framework that could lead to a 2020 season, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday afternoon.

The sides reached a deal March 26 in which players agreed to prorated salaries, part of an agreement that included a guarantee of service time even if no games are played this year. I summarized that framework numerous times in the meeting and sent Tony a written summary today.

The players presented the owners with a 70-game offer Thursday. "Consistent with our conversations yesterday, I am encouraging the clubs to move forward and I trust Tony is doing the same". Instead of implementing a season, which he has the power to do, Manfred's response was that he was no longer certain a season would take place.

MLB's latest offer calls for a shortened 60-game season that would begin around July 19, FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal and other outlets reported. That would mean 70 games over 73 days.

The reason for that was the owners were afraid the MLBPA would file a grievance against the league since the original agreement was that they would do everything in their power to play as long of a season as possible, which they have failed to do. That's why Manfred backed off his guarantee, but in the end the act was nothing more than a Hail Mary the galvanized players wouldn't answer. For the first time, Major League Baseball agreed to pay the players 100 percent of their pro-rated salaries, which had been an unwavering demand of the players.

Major League Baseball's team owners and players have made significant progress on a deal to return to play during the coronavirus pandemic after a lengthy dispute over compensation, according to multiple reports. There's also more to Jeff - like a family and impressive arsenals of Titleist hats and adidas shoes - but sometimes it's hard to tell.