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4:10 PM ET, March 26, 2020


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Andrew Simon /
Join Opening Day at Home with 30 classic games  —  You can still celebrate Opening Day this year — with fans around the globe.  —  On Thursday, Major League Baseball will present “Opening Day at Home” — a full slate of 30 games broadcast nationally across various platforms …
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Rob Manfred says ‘nothing off table’ regarding MLB's return  —  Vowing that “baseball will be back” and “will be part of the recovery,” Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said in an interview Wednesday with ESPN'S Scott Van Pelt on SportsCenter that “nothing's off the table” …
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
MLB, union weighing variables for potential restart of season  —  As Major League Baseball handles the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic and tries to determine when — or even if — it will begin its season, the league is grappling with a number of key issues that could come to a head …
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
MLB and players' union making progress toward service-time resolution  —  Major League Baseball and the players' union have made progress toward resolving the contentious service-time questions for the disrupted 2020 season, putting the parties in position to reach full agreement in the coming days.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
White Sox Option Michael Kopech  —  The White Sox have optioned right-hander Michael Kopech to Triple-A Charlotte, the team announced.  Whenever the season gets underway, he'll open on the minor league side of things.  —  That's long seemed like a formality.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Royals Select Trevor Rosenthal, Designate Eric Skoglund  —  The Royals announced Wednesday that they've selected the contract of right-hander Trevor Rosenthal and designated lefty Eric Skoglund for assignment in order to open a spot on the 40-man roster.  —  As noted here at MLBTR earlier this morning …
Discussion: Royals Review
Dave Clark /
Johnny Bench offers message to baseball fans on what would be Opening Day for Reds, MLB  —  National Baseball Hall of Famer and former Cincinnati Reds great Johnny Bench wanted baseball on Opening Day just like everyone else.  —  But he shared a message via Twitter with fellow baseball fans …
Discussion: Red Reporter
Darragh McDonald / MLB Trade Rumors:
Red Sox Minor Leaguer Tests Positive For Coronavirus  —  An unnamed Red Sox minor leaguer has tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced Tuesday.  According to the statement: … The statement goes on to say that the facility will now receive a “deep cleaning” and that anyone who came …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
MLB, MLBPA Agree On Framework Of 2020 Draft  —  Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have reached an agreement on the framework of a delayed and shortened 2020 amateur draft, ESPN's Kiley McDaniel reports (Twitter thread).  The notable changes would include pushing the draft …
Today-would-have-been-Opening Day MLB Power Rankings  —  Well, there are no flyovers, no cracks of the bat, no peanuts or Cracker Jack.  But that doesn't mean there can't be Power Rankings.  —  On what would have been Opening Day, we compile the votes of ESPN's baseball reporters …
Discussion: Detroit Free Press
Justin Toscano /
'It's a pandemic, man': How three NY Mets minor leaguers are handling baseball's delay  —  On March 14, a Saturday, Mets leaders met with the organization's 100-plus minor leaguers.  The message, according to those present, was to stick around Port St. Lucie — unless a trip home was necessary …
Discussion: Metsmerized Online
Anthony Rieber / Newsday:
Marcus Stroman pitching in to help New Yorkers during coronavirus crisis  —  Newsday is opening this story to all readers as we provide Long Islanders with news and information you can use during the coronavirus outbreak.  All readers can learn the latest news at
Discussion: Sports Illustrated
Christine Brennan / USA Today:
IOC member says that 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be postponed due to coronavirus pandemic  —  Veteran International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound told USA TODAY Sports Monday afternoon that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are going to be postponed, likely to 2021, with the details to be worked out in the next four weeks.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Red Sox Acquire Jhonny Pereda From Cubs To Complete Travis Lakins Trade  —  The Red Sox announced Monday that they've acquired minor league catcher Jhonny Pereda from the Cubs as the player to be named later in the January trade that sent righty Travis Lakins from Boston to Chicago.
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