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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/18/20

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Owners finally offer players full prorated salary, 60 games and now there’s optimism; MLBPA will likely seek 66 games; Manfred tells everybody to start preparing for the season; Yankees sign their fifth undrafted free agent

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ESPN: Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred reportedly met with Tony Clark - the Players’ Association leader—on Tuesday and Wednesday, and according to Ken Rosenthal, the league’s latest proposal includes full prorated pay for players and 60 games in 70 days. In addition, the offer also comes with expanded playoffs in 2020 and 2021 and the MLBPA would waive any potential grievance. There seems to be light at the end of the tunnel after all, as the players’ are expected to seriously consider this offer, but there’s still some work to be done.

Per Jayson Stark, the players are expected to try to bring the number of games played to 66 for various reasons. First, teams would play 12 games each versus four division opponents. Also, clubs would have three games each vs. four interleague opponents and six games vs. interleague foes.

USA Today | Bob Nightengale Manfred confirmed that he, indeed, met with Clark, and published a statement encouraging teams, players and fans to prepare for the season. “We left that meeting with a jointly developed framework that we agreed could form the basis of an agreement and subject to conversations with our respective constituents,” Manfred said in the statement. “I summarized that framework numerous times in the meeting and sent Tony a written summary today. Consistent with our conversations yesterday, I am encouraging the Clubs to move forward and I trust Tony is doing the same.”

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch The Yankees signed their fifth undrafted free agent since Sunday. They secured the services of Tulane pitcher Connor Pellerin, who pitched in six relief appearances during his shortened junior season with the Green Wave, with a 2.25 ERA. The Bombers have brought in five college righties in total: Carson Coleman (University of Kentucky), Ocean Gabonia (Everett Community College), Trevor Holloway (University of Central Florida), Jarod Lessar (Brigham Young University) and Pellerin.