The MLB Players Association and MLB came to terms last night on an agreement going forward in reference to the 2020 season. It says that salaries are to be paid through April and May but if there isn’t a season, owners will not pay players’ salaries and the players will not be able to sue.
An agreement was made that the league may have to play in front of no fans for a certain amount of time, that would be something that would be kind of awkward, but in this time of nothing being normal, anything goes.Embed from Getty Images
There are a ton of other parts to the agreement that seem to favor the owners as well, in regards to draft money and the number of rounds of the baseball draft that still is yet to take place. Super baseball agent, Scott Boras, weighs in on the agreement and has commented on a way to extend the season through to Christmas.
Naturally, Boras doesn’t agree with a lot of things that the players agreed to, but one thing is some players will become free agents at the end of this year regardless, and service time will be credited to players regardless of what happens, even if there isn’t a season.
Commissioner Rob Manfred urged teams to pay all employees through at least April, which they agreed to do, but employees across the sport are bracing for layoffs and furloughs come May.ESPN article on the agreement
JT Realmuto may just want to sit tight now on his deal with the Phillies, there hasn’t been an agreement with him, and he is one of the players that will automatically become a free agent at the end of this season. He’d really be foolish to sign a deal now, knowing that the free-agent market will probably be where the big bucks are. The free-agent class at the end of the year includes Mookie Betts, Trevor Bauer, and Marcus Stroman.
Once the owners ratify this, no team will be able to trade players, sign free agents or make roster moves.