Major League Baseball and its umpires have come to an agreement on working terms for a potential 2020 season, as ESPN’s Jesse Rogers first reported on Friday:
Major League Baseball have come to an agreement with umpires for the rest of 2020, per a source. Details to come— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) May 1, 2020
According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the offer the league had on the table as of Thursday required the umpires to take pay cuts and reduced postseason bonuses and per diem. But they would receive a 15 percent increase for working a second “spring training.”
Rosenthal reported that the umpires had a nearly-eight-hour Zoom call to debate MLB’s offer. Their decision was to send the league a “hold letter,” giving them more time to make a decision while not filing a grievance against the league for withholding their pay. But they’ve now obviously chosen to accept an offer, and their participation won’t be a roadblock if the league is indeed able to play a 2020 season in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.