The ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had widespread effects on the 2020 Major League Baseball season. The beginning of the season has essentially been postponed indefinitely. The regular season was originally set to start March 26. As part of the fallout of no baseball currently being played, MLB and the players association (MLBPA) have started talks over what player salaries will look like for this season. MLB umpires were in a similar position, with a reported conflict as late as Thursday night, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

Fortunately, the two sides came to some sort of agreement recently. Friday afternoon, reports started to surface (Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago had it first) that there was an agreement in place. The umpires have agreed to take a 30 percent reduction in pay, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today

This comes after intense negotiation sessions between MLB and the umpires union regarding pay. The umpires met via Zoom for eight hours on Wednesday to debate whether to accept MLB's proposal. The umpires sent a "hold letter" to the league, which would keep negotiations going while the umpires agree not to file a grievance as their May pay is withheld. 

MLB and the MLBPA are determined to have a 2020 season of some kind and have discussed a variety of scenarios for the 2020 regular and postseason, including the three-hub plan reported by our R.J. Anderson and the Arizona plan. There are plenty of logistical hurdles MLB would need to overcome and other issues needing to be addressed before committing to the plan, but on Monday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred reportedly told league employees that he expects baseball to return in 2020.

Seeing the umpires agree to an exact figure in reduction of salary is a good step in the direction of there being a season, too.