Negotiations between MLB's owners and players reached a stalemate during the weekend, with the biggest disagreement surrounding player salaries.
Baseball might be the closest to being back that it ever has been since MLB shut down in March.
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred and union chief Tony Clark met alone Tuesday night in Phoenix and made big progress on a return-to-play agreement that has the 2020 season in jeopardy. In a statement, Clark concluded: "It's time to get back to work. This has always been about extracting additional pay cuts from the Players and this is just another day and another bad faith tactic in their ongoing campaign". (Players agreed to play for a prorated share of their salaries in March).
Is Manfred bluffing or is there a real danger that the entire 2020 season will be canceled, not because of the coronavirus pandemic but because of a labor dispute?
"Players are disgusted that after Rob Manfred unequivocally told Players and fans that there would '100%' be a 2020 season, he has made a decision to go back on his word and is now threatening to cancel the entire season", Clark said in a statement.
The latest stumbling block in this saga came Monday when Manfred backed off his previously guarantee of a 2020 season and said he's now not 100 percent certain.
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Based on what transpired Monday, it's fair to surmise during a conference call with owners Manfred heard sufficient dismay, maybe disgust, from enough owners he had to pass along that message to the players, both privately and publicly. In line with the messaging of his fellow players, Trout said, "Tell us when and where!"
Major League Baseball has made three economic offers, the last on Friday offering to guarantee players 70% of their salaries as part a 72-game schedule beginning July 14 and increasing the total to 80% if the postseason is completed.
It remains to be seen how many games a potential regular-season schedule would include. But the March 26 agreement did not require that, and players held firm.
Owners, however, focused on a vaguely-worded portion of the agreement which said the sides would have to discuss compensation if games were to be played without fans.
That set the stage for the negotiators to step aside, for Manfred and Clark to meet Tuesday, and for the proposal Wednesday that could get a long-delayed season off the ground, with players reporting to a second spring training as soon as next week.