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12:30 AM ET, May 31, 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 …
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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.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Mark Teixeira's flip play!  Now ex-Yankee sides with the players in battle with MLB over coronavirus restart plan  —  TAMPA — After taking the owners' side earlier this month and telling the player to take “pennies on the dollar” and “give hope” by playing, former Yankee Mark Teixeira did a 180 Thursday and went to bat for the union.
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
The Athletic:
Players Association plans to propose longer season, insist on full prorated salaries
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.
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Tim Healey / Newsday:
Mets release unspecified number of minor-leaguers, source says, as farm systems face increasing uncertainty
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Billy Frijoles / Athletics Nation:
Op-ed: John Fisher is an embarrassment to all A's fans
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue and Daily Breeze
Kiley McDaniel / ESPN:
Biggest needs and best fits: 2020 MLB draft guide for all 30 teams  —  The 2020 MLB draft, to be held June 10 and 11, will be unlike any other.  Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the draft will be conducted remotely and limited to just five rounds, down from 40 in 2019.
Discussion: Arizona Sports and NESN.com
Scott Boeck / USA Today:
David Price pledges $1,000 to every minor league player in Dodgers' farm system  —  David Price has been a Dodger for less than four months and has yet to throw an official pitch for the organization, but he has already delivered.  —  The former Cy Young pitcher has pledged to donate $1,000 …
Thornton McEnery / New York Post:
Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez taking second shot at buying Mets  —  J-Rod are re-circling the wagons on their dream of becoming the king and queen of Queens.  —  Multiple sources close to the situation tell The Post that Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez are now working closely …
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Why Rays pitcher Blake Snell and agent Scott Boras teamed up  —  The combination of Snell's age, talent, experience and the resources of baseball's biggest agency make a good match, Boras says.  —  Blake Snell's change of agents last week seemed odd for several reasons, perhaps most notably where he is contractually.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Mark Liptak / Sports Illustrated:
Today in White Sox History: May 28  —  Continuing to rebuild in the wake of the Black Sox scandal, owner Charles Comiskey spent $100,000 to purchase the contract of third baseman Willie Kamm from San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League.  Comiskey also threw in three players.
Discussion: MLB Baseball News …
Joe Lockhart / CNN:
Now is the moment to sign Colin Kaepernick  —  Joe Lockhart is a CNN political analyst.  He was the White House press secretary from 1998-2000 in President Bill Clinton's administration.  He co-hosts the podcast “Words Matter.”  The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks furlough or lay off more than quarter of employees  —  The Diamondbacks furloughed or eliminated the positions of more than 25 percent of their employees on Friday, drastic cost-cutting measures they say were made necessary by the loss of revenue brought upon by the coronavirus pandemic.
Discussion: Associated Press and AZ Snake Pit
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.
 
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