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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?
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
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: AZ Snake Pit
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Re-drafting the top picks in every MLB draft from 2010-2019  —  The Major League Baseball draft is mysterious and unpredictable.  In the NFL, a first-round pick is expected to step into a significant role immediately — even rookie quarterbacks often start right away.
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.
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 …
 
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