It sounds like the framework for an agreement regarding the 2020 Major League Baseball season has been laid out.
A plethora of reports surfaced Wednesday that an agreement between the league and MLB Players’ Association was close, but the MLBPA quickly refuted that.
Reports of an agreement are false.
— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) June 17, 2020
Commissioner Rob Manfred and union executive director Tony Clark met Tuesday night in Arizona, and it appears it was more positive than not. Manfred released a statement Wednesday, detailing what the two talked about:
“At my request, Tony Clark and I met for several hours yesterday in Phoenix,” the statement said, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan. “We left that meeting with a jointly developed framework that we agreed could form the basis of an agreement and subject to conversations with our respective constituents. I summarized that framework numerous times in the meeting and sent Tony a written summary today. Consistent with our conversations yesterday, I am encouraging the Clubs to move forward and I trust Tony is doing the same.”
Both sides are up against the clock if they want to play in 2020.