MLB, MLBPA agree to deal on early season pay, cut down draft

On Thursday, what would’ve been Opening Day for the 2020 baseball season, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have reached an agreement to pay players $170 million in advance for April and May. ESPN’s MLB insider Jeff Passan first reported the news.

The deal will also cut the league’s amateur draft, which usually consists of forty rounds along with several compensatory picks and competitive balance rounds, down to five rounds. Through the new deal, baseball’s international signing period could be delayed to as late as January 2021, Passan reports.

If there is no season due to the COVID-19 outbreak across the U.S., players will be able to keep their money. The league’s players approved the proposal in a vote held Thursday and the agreement will be ratified by owners on Friday.