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Sport Key negotiations looming next week for MLB to save its season

18:51  23 may  2020
18:51  23 may  2020 Source:   mlbtraderumors.com

Reds' Bauer accuses Boras of 'meddling' in union affairs

  Reds' Bauer accuses Boras of 'meddling' in union affairs Trevor Bauer, the always-outspoken Cincinnati Reds pitcher, wants Scott Boras to keep his mouth shut. Bauer took to Twitter Wednesday to accuse the famous baseball agent of "meddling" in the union's negotiations with MLB regarding the 2020 season. While specifying that he's only been hearing rumors, Bauer harshly rebuked Boras, who's also known for never being shy with his opinion. Hearing a LOT of rumors about a certain player agent meddling in MLBPA affairs. If true — and at this point, these are only rumors — I have one thing to say... Scott Boras, rep your clients however you want to, but keep your damn personal agenda out of union business.

It’s make-or-break time for Major League Baseball and the MLB Players' Association on forging a path to baseball in 2020. With some significant negotiations looming next week, ESPN’s Jeff Passan runs through some of the biggest questions facing MLB. 

Rob Manfred wearing a suit and tie: Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has talks scheduled with the players for next week. © Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has talks scheduled with the players for next week.

The battle between players and owners is rife with potential roadblocks, and it’s not just the conditions of 2020 that are at stake. With the CBA renegotiation still in the future, both sides are aware of the impact any concession can make to the bigger picture. 

Reds' Bauer accuses Boras of 'meddling' in union affairs

  Reds' Bauer accuses Boras of 'meddling' in union affairs Trevor Bauer, the always-outspoken Cincinnati Reds pitcher, wants Scott Boras to keep his mouth shut. Bauer took to Twitter Wednesday to accuse the famous baseball agent of "meddling" in the union's negotiations with MLB regarding the 2020 season. While specifying that he's only been hearing rumors, Bauer harshly rebuked Boras, who's also known for never being shy with his opinion. Hearing a LOT of rumors about a certain player agent meddling in MLBPA affairs. If true — and at this point, these are only rumors — I have one thing to say... Scott Boras, rep your clients however you want to, but keep your damn personal agenda out of union business.

The way next week’s negotiations are handled will mean a lot toward the two sides finding an effective working relationship moving forward. One would think now would be an ideal time for opposing sides to come together, and yet it’s just not as simple as that when billions of dollars are at stake. 

There are countless people and opinions to take into account on both sides of the aisle. While we await a loaded week of negotiations, let’s check in on how teams are handling their employees.

  • Teams are taking a variety of approaches when it comes to their employees in the wake of COVID-19, and the Angels have come under fire for taking a more drastic approach than most, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The Angels will be furloughing employees from nearly every department, including, in the words of Rosenthal, “weakening its amateur scouting department heading into the draft.”  The optics aren’t great here for the large-market Angels, especially when clubs like the Brewers, Giants and Phillies have made commitments to retaining their staff at least through October. 
  • The Blue Jays also recently made the decision to keep employees’ on their full-time salaries through Oct. 1, tweets John Lott, a frequent contributor to The Athletic. The Brewers have been the most aggressively pro-employee, Rosenthal says, committing to keeping their staff on through the entire season. The pro-employee approach is laudable, though not necessarily all that shocking coming out of Milwaukee. The Brewers have increasingly stepped into the spotlight in recent years as a progressive organization, from the supportive atmosphere provided players to making special efforts to get Milwaukee residents in to see games to their team-building approach. 
  • The Angels, meanwhile, might find tough sledding ahead when it comes to signing undrafted amateur players. Without their typical scouting infrastructure in place, those relationships will be harder to build in an open market, and it’s possible the decisions being made by ownership today will have far-reaching consequences for the organization’s future.
  • The Tampa Bay Rays, meanwhile, are readying to return to the field. Camp will reopen Monday for a small collection of 15 to 20 players, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Those players involved will still be keeping a separation of six feet from other players, and workouts will be limited. Still, it’s a positive sign to see players start to congregate again on the playing field. It’s also, no doubt, a risky proposition, but so long as safety precautions are followed and we don’t see a breakout of COVID-19 cases among these players, these workouts could be a harbinger of more baseball to come.
  • Baseball is back already in some places around the world, of course. The KBO — South Korea’s most popular sports league — is about 17 games into their 2020 season, and they’re about to get a lot more popular. A new deal was announced for ESPN to become the English-language home of KBO games set to broadcast around the world, according to ESPN’s Santa Brito. Play-by-play announcers will continue to provide commentary while social distancing. ESPN will soon be broadcasting KBO games “ throughout Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean (including the Dominican Republic), Europe, the Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia.”

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Sabathia: Owners put players in 'bad position' through use of media

  Sabathia: Owners put players in 'bad position' through use of media CC Sabathia is watching Major League Baseball players and owners negotiate from afar after retiring this past October. But he's concerned about the state of negotiations from a players' standpoint. The former New York Yankees star believes owners have gained the upper hand in both negotiations and public perception through some savvy use of the media. "I feel like the owners have been using the media a lot more,” Sabathia said on Thursday'sThe former New York Yankees star believes owners have gained the upper hand in both negotiations and public perception through some savvy use of the media.

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Baseball can't afford to lose the entire 2020 MLB season .
It's very possible Major League Baseball's reported offer that including a sliding scale of prorated salaries -- one that the players' union called "extremely disappointing" -- is simply a starting point in negotiations. But after news broke on earlier this week about that offer, the message from  pitcher Marcus Stroman — who tweeted“this season is not looking promising” — was pessimism about the league coming back in 2020 at all.

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