First announced by ESPN’s Jeff Passan, MLB, MLBPA agree on deals surrounding various problems surrounding shortening the MLB season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Players will receiver an advanced spread of 170 million dollars over the next two months. If there is not a season, the money will be kept by the players. MLB also has the right to shorten the 2020 draft to 5 rounds and delay the start of the international signing period as late as January 2021. The draft will be held no later than late July. MLB can also shorten the 2021 draft to 20 rounds.
There is not yet an agreement on Spring Training or roster sizes. A full year of service time will be given to those who are active or on the injured list for the entirety of the shortened season. If the season gets canceled the service time will be the same as earned in 2019.