| Major League Baseball season looking more likely

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Financial issues have bogged down attempts to get a shortened season underway more than two months after Opening Day was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Manfred, who said on Monday that there was a “real risk” that the 2020 season would be wiped out, said he met with Clark for several hours in Phoenix on Tuesday.

“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.

“I summarized that framework numerous times in the meeting and sent Tony a written summary today.┬áConsistent with our conversations yesterday, I am encouraging the Clubs to move forward and I trust Tony is doing the same.”

The Los Angeles Times reported that the latest proposal from MLB includes full prorated salaries for players.

Players had balked at three prior proposals that called for them to receive only a percentage of their salaries, prorated by number of games played.

The plan calls for 60 regular-season games plus a 16-team playoff field, with play to begin on 19 or 20 July, the Times said.

The Major League Baseball Players Association is expected to see a longer regular season, and one person familiar with the talks told the newspaper that there was as yet “no agreement, even in principle.”

Players have argued that an agreement on prorated salaries reached on 26 March did not require them to accept further wage reductions.

MLB appears to have come around to that view, with New York Yankees president Randy Levine saying in an interview on Tuesday that under the 26 March agreement “the commissioner has the right to schedule the games as long as the players are paid pro rata.”

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