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The Athletic:
Sides deadlocked after MLB rejects latest Players Association proposal  —  Major League Baseball on Wednesday rejected the Players Association's proposal of a 114-game season and told the union it would not send a counter, again leaving the parties deadlocked in their quest to begin the 2020 season.
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: MLB mulls shorter season, full prorated salaries for players  —  Unable to yet reach a return-to-play agreement, Major League Baseball has discussed playing a shorter schedule in which it would pay members of the MLB Players Association their full prorated salaries, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN.
Michael Silverman Globe / The Boston Globe:
MLB owners and players agree on divisional structure but much territory needs to be covered  —  Much territory still has to be covered before Major League Baseball owners and players agree on what a pandemic-shortened 2020 baseball season will look like.  —  The sides agree that travel …
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Cubs' Tom Ricketts says most revenue goes right back into team  —  Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts pushed back on the perception that baseball teams are cash cows, telling ESPN on Tuesday that yearly revenues are mostly put right back into the team.  —  “Here's something I hope baseball fans understand,” Ricketts said.
Internal Submission / Japan Times:
Reigning CL MVP Hayato Sakamoto one of two Giants players to test positive for COVID-19  —  Two Yomiuri Giants players have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the Central League team announced Wednesday, casting a shadow over Nippon Professional Baseball's plan to start the 2020 season on June 19.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Chris Archer Undergoes Thoracic Outlet Surgery  —  The Pirates announced Wednesday that right-hander Chris Archer underwent surgery yesterday to relieve symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome.  The surprising, out-of-the-blue announcement rules Archer out for any games that are played in 2020.
Kiley McDaniel / ESPN:
Updated 2020 MLB draft rankings: The latest on the top 150 players  —  It's just about a week from MLB draft day, and that means the picture on how this year's prospects stack up is really starting to come into focus.  Below you'll find my ranking of the top 150 players for the shortened five-round MLB draft starting June 10.
Evan Petzold / Detroit Free Press:
What happened inside Jim Joyce's brain the night Armando Galarraga lost his perfect game  —  Massachusetts Institute of Technology neuroscience professor Earl Miller slowly nodded his head.  A video of a baseball game from June 2, 2010, flashed across his computer screen …
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Baseball America:
Minor League Transactions  —  Correction: In the original post, the Red Sox's RHP Colten Brewer, RHP Chris Mazza, LHP Josh Osich, LHP Jeffrey Springs, the Mets' RHP Franklyn Kilome, RHP Paul Sewald, the Rays' LHP Anthony Banda and the Nationals' RHP Kyle Finnegan were listed as released when they actually had been optioned.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
The Athletic:
A conversation: Retired African American MLB players on race, baseball, America  —  Even the biggest African American baseball stars rarely speak out on sensitive matters during their playing careers.  The sport's culture discourages individuality in any form, and a player who publicly addresses racism …
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
First basemen never go No. 1 in the MLB draft: Here's why Spencer Torkelson is about to change that  —  In this most abnormal of springs, the Detroit Tigers may make an abnormal pick with the first selection in the 2020 MLB draft: a first baseman.  —  Arizona State slugger Spencer Torkelson …
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
Baseball America:
Sources: MLB Considering Expanded Arizona, Florida Fall League  —  Although the possibility of a traditional minor league season grows slimmer by the day, there is good reason to believe every team's prospects will get a chance to gain a large number of reps at some point this summer.
 
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