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4:05 PM ET, June 2, 2020


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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: MLB mulls shorter season, full prorated salaries for players  —  Unable to yet reach a return-to-play agreement, Major League Baseball has discussed playing a shorter schedule in which it would pay members of the MLB Players Association their full prorated salaries, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN.
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 …
The Athletic:
After heated meeting on player pay, MLB threatens 50-game schedule  —  No proposal, no further negotiations scheduled, clock ticking.  —  While Major League Baseball is considering playing 50-odd games in 2020 unless the players agree to further reduce their pay, it is not yet planning …
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Fewer games?  Salary deferrals?  Where MLB players and owners could find middle ground on 2020 season  —  Is all of the recent acrimony between MLB players and owners real or the byproduct of the early stages of the 2020 season's negotiations playing out in the public spotlight?
Michael Silverman Globe / The Boston Globe:
MLB owners and players agree on divisional structure but much territory needs to be covered  —  Much territory still has to be covered before Major League Baseball owners and players agree on what a pandemic-shortened 2020 baseball season will look like.  —  The sides agree that travel …
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 …
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 …
Baseball America:
Sources: MLB Considering Expanded Arizona, Florida Fall League  —  Although the possibility of a traditional minor league season grows slimmer by the day, there is good reason to believe every team's prospects will get a chance to gain a large number of reps at some point this summer.
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?
Tim Kurkjian / ESPN:
Tim Kurkjian's Baseball Fix: The legendary reach of Randy Johnson  —  You love baseball.  Tim Kurkjian loves baseball.  So while we await its return, every day we'll provide you with a story or two tied to this date in baseball history.  —  ON THIS DATE IN 1990, Randy Johnson threw his first no-hitter.
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rangers Release 37 Minor Leaguers  —  The Rangers have released 37 minor league players, per reports from TR Sullivan of and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.  Grant's tweet contains the full list, which includes right-handers Austin Bibens-Dirkx and Taylor Jungmann and outfielder Eric Jenkins, to name a few.
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Jeff Carlisle / ESPN:
Lockout looms as MLS push back on latest offer from Major League Soccer Player Association  —  The Major League Soccer Player Association announced that it voted to approve its latest counteroffer to MLS as it relates to economic concessions for the 2020 season, modifications to the recently agreed upon CBA …
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