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Last month, Major League Baseball sent the Players Association a 67-page document proposing health and safety measures for the 2020 season. On May 21, the union responded with suggestions.
While there remain outstanding issues between the league and players on health and safety, people involved in negotiations are highly optimistic that the sides will reach an agreement. This aspect of negotiations has proven less contentious than financial talks, and the players are expected to get much of what they want on health and safety.
An agreement there could help facilitate one on pay. Since MLB signaled its intention on Monday night to launch a shortened season with prorated pay if no new accord is reached, the sides have engaged in limited dialogue, according to sources.
The acrimony behind the scenes is real, and any common ground can only help. Players and owners are expected to find that ground on health and safety.