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MLB, Player’s Association, and Owners Come to Layered Multi-Million Dollar Agreement

A lot of wealthy people came to an agreement on Thursday, if not slightly begrudgingly. ESPN’s Jeff Passan was on it first.

Backing up a bit, with the 2020 MLB season in limbo, a bevy of concerns piled up. Paramount of those were financial concerns. Of course, there were ballclub hourly workers that would go without much-needed paychecks, but that was handled fairly early on, at least for the interim.

Next, there was the question about what to do with minor league salaries, and that found a resolution, even if it’s a temporary solution.

But the big issue came with the millions of dollars at stake for big league players. With this agreement that Passan alluded to, there’s writing on paper on how things will go for players and the organizations… for at least the first two months of the original regular season.

However, if there’s no baseball this year, there is a worst-case scenario plan. Yes, the money as mentioned above will be kept by the players, but worst of all for fans and teams, players will continue to accrue MLB service time which will be based on games played in 2019… which means this:

Yes, as feared, the Dodgers could lose offseason acquisition Mookie Betts without ever even playing a game in an LA uniform.

This story is still developing and there are multiple moving parts and facets to it. Dodgers Nation will continue to monitor and update as more comes through.


Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor and manager of, and a host and analyst on DN's Blue Heaven podcast live stream. Since joining Dodgers Nation, Clint has helped grow the site into a top-50 baseball website in the world. He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future. He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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