Details were provided to The Associated Press by people familiar with the agreement, who spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made. Now look what`s at stake. Mookie Betts is said to be in his year of hiking. Now imagine that he has to push back the free agency for a full season. On the other hand, look at the Dodgers, the Betts acquired by the Red Sox earlier this season. Imagine that despite a cancelled season, players get a full service time for 2020 and the Dodgers never see bets play a game for them. If the owners win, Kris Bryant`s free agency will be pushed back another season, and Jack Flaherty won`t see his refereeing years begin until after the 2021 season. This is only a small sample of the potential consequences. Dodgers Outfielder Mookie Betts, for example, is 102 days of service in time to participate in the free agency. The plan under discussion, according to Rosenthal, would allow him to reach the free agency after the 2020 season, even if the season is ultimately less than 102 days.
Under the terms of the agreement, MLB owners are paying players an advance of $170 million for April and May. If the season is cancelled at the end, players will keep the money. The fact is that there is a zero-sum document for service time — taking these service time repositories means higher salaries for players, but it also means higher expenses for teams. And this primer brings us to the 2020 season uncertain ahead of us. Each major league regular season consists of 187 days (usually 183 days before 2018) and each day spent on the active rollover or on the injured list earns a day of service for a player. Under the 2017-21 collective bargaining agreement, any player who violates the drug program no longer receives major league service while suspended unless his suspension is reduced by 20 games or more under the program`s mitigation provision. Under the agreement approved by the union on Thursday night, players will not contest the loss of their salaries if no games are played. The teams approved the 17-day agreement on Friday, the person said. After reaching six years of major league service, a player is allowed to provide a free agency at the end of this season (unless he has already signed a contract extension covering one or more of his free agent seasons).
Finally, Evan Drellich of The Athletic notes that a trade halt will be implemented when the agreement is reached.