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Brittany Ghiroli / The Athletic:
Nationals make cuts, drop minor-league pay  —  The Nationals committed Sunday to paying their remaining minor-league players $300 a week for the month of June, sources told The Athletic.  —  Washington cut more than two dozen players last week, a number believed to be closer to 30 …
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Minor League Baseball cuts hundreds of players amid pandemic, sources say
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Mets release unspecified number of minor-leaguers, source says, as farm systems face increasing uncertainty
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: MLBPA proposes 114-game season in counterproposal  —  The Major League Baseball Players Association delivered a return-to-play proposal to MLB on Sunday that includes a 114-game season, deferred salaries in the event of a canceled postseason and the option for all players to opt …
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Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
MLBPA Makes 2020 Season Counter-Proposal To League  —  This afternoon, the MLB Players Association presented the league with its counter-proposal about how to launch the 2020 season, ESPN's Jeff Passan reports (Twitter links).  Details of the proposal included a 114-game regular season …
Buster Olney / ESPN:
It's not just the 2020 season at stake, but the future of MLB  —  Many of the folks inside baseball but outside of the Zoom labor negotiations assume that, eventually, cooler heads will prevail in the talks between the owners and the players' union.  Because they have to — right?
Chris Bumbaca / USA Today:
Why Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez buying stake in New York Mets would be good for MLB, team  —  Sure, some sports are back.  But “sports” as we know them are largely still on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Today is Day 81 without sports ⚾️.  —  Sing it with me now:
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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 …
Max Goodman / Sports Illustrated:
MLB's Brightest Stars in New York Speak Out Over George Floyd Killing  —  Some of Major League Baseball's brightest stars in New York City are voicing their opinions on the killing of George Floyd and ongoing protests taking place across the United States.  —  New York Mets' first baseman …
Discussion: Fish Stripes and Pinstripe Alley
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 …
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
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.
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
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
 
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