Wednesday afternoon, MLB Network's Jon Heyman dropped this nugget on the state of negotiations between MLB and the MLBPA.
Breaking: MLB and players union are closing in on an agreement to play the 2020 season, via players. Deal expected to be for prorated pay and include expanded playoffs.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 17, 2020
Shortly thereafter, multiple other MLB insiders gave conflicting reports on negotiations between the league and union, stating no deal for a 2020 season is close. The players union even refuted the report of an agreement altogether.
MLB just sent the MLBPA a new proposal for the 2020 season. Source: "There is no agreement, even in principle." Doesn't mean there won't be, and the two sides are talking, but no deal yet.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) June 17, 2020
Reports of an agreement are false.
— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) June 17, 2020
MLB and the players have been quarreling over financial proposals for two months, so until a deal is in place, one is naturally going to be skeptical. Cubs catcher Willson Contreras summed up everyone's emotions as the reports flooded in.
I believe it when I see it...
— Willson Contreras (@WContreras40) June 17, 2020
No deal is in place, but the fact the two sides are *actually* negotiating is still a bit of positive news.
Why Cubs' Willson Contreras is skeptical of reported MLB-MLBPA deal originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago