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MLB, MLBPA reach agreement on 2020 issues

MLB and the MLBPA have reportedly reached an agreement on addressing service time and related issues for the 2020 season

MLB Opening Day Postponed Due To Coronavirus Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

MLB Rumors: The MLBPA and Major League Baseball have reached an agreement on issues stemming from the delay in the start of the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 national emergency, per multiple reports.

Jeff Passan says that MLB can shorten the 2020 draft to five rounds and delay the start of the J-2 signing period, as well as potentially shorten the 2021 draft and delay the 2021-22 J-2 signing period. In exchange, the players are being advanced $140 million for April and May that they do not have to re-pay in the event the 2020 season is canceled, will be paid if there’s an abbreviated 2020 season on a pro-rated basis, and will earn a full year of service time for 2020 even if the season is canceled.

This potentially means that the amateur players for 2020 and 2021 will get hosed, but the MLBPA is protecting its present members in this deal.