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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 6/9/20

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Owners make another proposal while players scoff; League hasn’t contacted health departments in most major-league cities; The Yankees that would be affected most by a hyper-short season.

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ESPN | Jeff Passan: MLB has presented the MLBPA with another restart proposal. Reportedly, the league has proposed a 76-game season, with players receiving 75% of their prorated salaries over the course of the regular season and playoffs. The proposal doesn’t offer the players much more in the way of salary than the league’s 82-game proposal. MLB set a potential start date of July 10, with the regular season set to conclude on September 27.

Initial reactions from players have been almost universally negative, with the MLBPA remaining steadfast in its refusal of any sort of pay cut beyond salaries prorated for length of season. The Athletic’s Evan Drellich tweeted that the union saw this offer as worse than previous ones. Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle expressed his displeasure, highlighting the fact there are still major concerns regarding how safe it will be to play baseball this summer.

New York Daily News | Bradford William Davis: In previous proposals, MLB has claimed that “each of our Clubs already has contacted their local or county officials where appropriate or will do so shortly after a second draft of the protocols is completed”. Davis reports that of the 28 city and county health departments that the NYDN contacted, just five said they had any interaction with MLB regarding the safety measures involved with a league restart. This paints an unflattering picture of MLB’s priorities as it attempts to play a season.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: MLB has tossed around the idea of a hyper-shortened 50-game season, and we’ve discussed at some length how such a short season would impact the Yankees. Kuty opines on who would be most adversely affected by a 50-game campaign, from Gerrit Cole, the player who would stand to lose the most money, to pending free agents like James Paxton and DJ LeMahieu.