Major League Baseball and the players association (MLBPA) are determined to have a 2020 season of some kind after the coronavirus global pandemic forced the league to shutdown. Opening Day was originally scheduled for March 26. MLB and the MLBPA are currently in negotiations over many unresolved issues for a potential 2020 season, player compensation being a main one.
From what can be gathered from recent reports, tension is growing between the league and players, and the two sides and they are not on the same page.
Despite all of the unresolved issues between the two sides, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters on Thursday that he remains optimistic that they will come to an agreement for an abbreviated 2020 season.
"I can't promise anything, but am I optimistic? I'm optimistic," Cashman told Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. "I am optimistic. I don't represent the players and the (players') association. Obviously there's a lot of hurdles that everyone's trying to navigate here, and certainly trying to find common ground appropriately with the Players Association is one of those things and obviously the commissioner of baseball and his team are having honest, frank conversations and negotiations ... I'm optimistic that where there's a will, there's a way.
"We've all found ways to adjust and make adjustments. ... With this COVID-19 experience moving forward, it's incumbent upon all of us to find a way. I trust that all leadership will find a way within our industry, just like everybody's trying to do in their own respective industries as well."
MLB owners now want a revenue-sharing arrangement between the players and teams for the 2020 season, which would mean that . But, MLBPA chief Tony Clark since the two sides reached an agreement for prorated salaries in March.