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2:30 PM ET, June 30, 2020

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Baseball America:
The 2020 Minor League Season Is Canceled.  So What Happens Next?  —  What was long expected will be made official today: There will be no Minor League Baseball in 2020.  —  According to multiple sources, Minor League Baseball is expected to officially announce this afternoon that the season …
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Kyle Glaser / Baseball America:
How Each MLB Team Plans To Pay Minor Leaguers In 2020  —  As July 1 approaches, teams once again face a decision whether to continue paying their minor league players.  —  MLB instructed all 30 teams to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through May 31 after the minor league season was postponed …
Discussion: Talking Chop
J.J. Cooper / Baseball America:
MiLB Players Given Green Light To Play Indy Ball  —  Even with the minor league season still in limbo, prospects who get left out of their teams' player pools still have a path toward development before 2021.  —  Affiliated minor league players' contracts are currently suspended …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and Halos Heaven
Evan Drellich / The Athletic:
Minor League Baseball could announce fate of season Tuesday after meeting  —  A meeting of Minor League Baseball's board of trustees scheduled for Tuesday could produce a public announcement later in the day as to whether the season is officially canceled.  —  Across the industry …
George Miller / MLB Trade Rumors:
MLB Suspends Four Minor League Players
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Orioles Sign Heston Kjerstad  —  The Orioles have signed second overall draft pick Heston Kjerstad, per a team announcement.  The University of Arkansas product will receive a $5.2MM bonus, per MLB.com's Jim Callis (Twitter link).  —  Kjerstad was expected to go near the top of the draft, but not with the second selection.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Ian Desmond Opts Out Of 2020 Season  —  Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond will opt out of playing in the 2020 MLB season.  He provided a thoughtful explanation of his decisionmaking process in an announcement on Instagram.  —  Desmond explains that “the COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season …
Discussion: Pro Hockey Rumors
Ryan Wolstat / Toronto Sun:
Blue Jays heading home to play in Toronto, sources say  —  Their bags are packed and the Toronto Blue Jays are set to fly north.  —  Sources told the Toronto Sun that government clearance for the Major League Baseball team to return to Canada is expected by as early as Monday.
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports and Ballpark Digest
Arash Markazi / Los Angeles Times:
Markazi: Brewers' Ryan Braun hopes there's a 2020 MLB season because it could be his last  —  As Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun prepared to leave his Malibu home Monday to return to Milwaukee for the restart of team training, he wasn't sure how long he would be gone.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mets Sign Melky Cabrera, Erasmo Ramirez, Gordon Beckham  —  The Mets' signing spree continued Monday with the additions of outfielder Melky Cabrera, infielder Gordon Beckham and right-hander Erasmo Ramirez.  All three have been announced by the club, and all are “expected” to be added to the 60-man player pool, according to the team.
MLB Trade Rumors:
Athletics Sign Tyler Soderstrom  —  The Athletics have announced a deal with top pick Tyler Soderstrom.  It includes a $3.3MM signing bonus, Jim Callis of MLB.com reports (via Twitter).  The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reported yesterday that Soderstrom would sign today …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mets To Sign Second-Rounder J.T. Ginn  —  The Mets have inked second-round draft pick J.T. Ginn, Tim Healey of Newsday reports on Twitter.  He'll receive a $2.9MM bonus, per Joe DeMayo of SNY.tv (Twitter link).  —  This puts a bow on the Mets' 2020 draft class.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Kevin.K / Sports Illustrated:
Focus on the South Side  —  The past few weeks have seen a great awakening in the United States.  African-Americans have been aware, and have been trying to make everyone else aware, of the systematic racism in this country, with particular focus on police brutality.
Discussion: The Good Phight
New York Post:
Yankees-Nationals to highlight MLB opening day  —  If it all goes well, then opening day for major league baseball this year will feature Max Scherzer vs. Gerrit Cole in the nation's capital.  —  The union signed off Thursday on the details within a 60-game schedule.
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ESPN:
Sources: Nationals to host Yankees on Opening Day
Discussion: Talking Chop and NESN.com
 
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