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8:55 AM ET, May 29, 2020


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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: MLBPA to counter MLB proposal with more games, full prorated salaries  —  The Major League Baseball Players Association expects to counter MLB's economic proposal by the end of this week with a plan that includes more than 100 games and a guarantee of full prorated salaries for the 2020 season …
Ronald Blum / Associated Press:
Boras to clients in memo: Don't bail out baseball owners  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Agent Scott Boras recommends his clients refuse Major League Baseball's attempt to cut salaries during negotiations with the players' association, claiming team financial issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic have their origin in management debt financing.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: MLB proposal includes pay cuts for highest-paid players  —  Major League Baseball has proposed cutting the salaries of the highest-paid players in baseball, with the lowest-paid players taking lesser cuts from their full prorated shares, in its first economic proposal to the MLB Players Association …
The Athletic:
Players Association plans to propose longer season, insist on full prorated salaries  —  The Players Association plans to respond to Major League Baseball's request for additional pay cuts by insisting players receive their full prorated salaries and proposing a schedule of longer than 82 games …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
MLB owners sending latest plan to MLBPA that includes sliding pay scale for players  —  PHOENIX — Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association began negotiations Tuesday afternoon for the first time on key economic issues in an attempt to open the season by the weekend of July 4.
Craig Edwards / FanGraphs Baseball:
Examining the Economics of MLB's Latest Proposal to the Players  —  On Tuesday, MLB delivered its first economic proposal concerning player pay to the MLBPA since the two sides reached an agreement in March.  There were reports that owners had previously agreed to propose a 50/50 split …
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Minor League Baseball cuts hundreds of players amid pandemic, sources say  —  Hundreds of minor league baseball players were cut Thursday and hundreds more are expected to lose their jobs as the sport grapples with the near certainty that the minor league season will be canceled, sources told ESPN.
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Mets release unspecified number of minor-leaguers, source says, as farm systems face increasing uncertainty  —  The Mets released an unspecified number of minor-league players on Thursday, a source said, and committed to paying the rest their weekly $400 stipend through June.
Kyle Glaser / Baseball America:
As Deadline Looms, MLB Teams Formulate Plans To Pay Minor Leaguers  —  While Major League Baseball negotiates a return to play with the MLB Players Association, the clock is ticking on continued pay for minor league players.  —  Non 40-man roster players, with few exceptions …
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Despite ‘daunting obstacles’ and ‘disappointing’ proposal from MLB, Cardinals vet Andrew Miller …
Scott Miller / Bleacher Report:
Esteban Loaiza's Wrong Turn … Fireworks blasted and fans roared as Esteban Loaiza trotted onto the field along with the rest of the American League All-Stars to begin the biggest night of his life.  It was a gorgeous summer evening, July 15, 2003.  As he warmed up on the mound …
Jason Hanna / CNN:
CNN crew released from police custody after they were arrested live on air in Minneapolis  —  (CNN)A CNN crew was arrested while giving a live television report Friday morning in Minneapolis — and then released about an hour later — as the crew covered ongoing protests over the death in police custody of George Floyd.
Inside Roy Halladay's struggle with pain, addiction  —  STEVE TRAX WAS in his office in Reston, Virginia, not far from Dulles International Airport when the phone rang.  It was mid-October 2013, around 11 a.m. The caller was Brandy Halladay, and she sounded distraught.  —  “He needs help.
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