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REPORT: MLB PLAYERS COULD RECEIVE FULL SERVICE TIME IF SEASON CANCELLED

JAMES TUBB
MARCH 25, 2020  ·  21H55
On the eve of what would have been Opening Day, reports have come out that impending MLB free agents whose contracts are set to expire after this season would still become free agents, even if the season is fully cancelled.

The report from Ronald Blum of The Associated Press also says the MLB and the MLB Players Association are still working on an agreement regarding a broad number of topics related to the postponed season, with both sides developing contingencies should the season not get underway at all. Another big topic is delaying the 2020 amateur draft.


Under this newest proposal, players will reportedly be given service time identical to what they received in 2019, even if the season gets fully cancelled. The big standout is, however, that those players who did not debut last year - but were expected to join the big-league club in 2020 like White Sox's Luis Robert- would not gain any service time.



Mookie Betts, whom the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired in a trade with the Boston Red Sox in the beginning of February - would still hit the open market without even playing a single game for his new team, if the season was cancelled.

In a normal season, players would require six years of major-league service time to become deemed eligible for free agency. To gain a full year of service time, a player is required to be on the active roster for 172 days during the 186-day season.

Other big names potentially reaching free agency include J.T. Realmuto, George Springer, Masahiro Tanaka, Trevor Bauer and Marcel Ozuna.

Source: The Score
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