By Sam Bush
ESPN reported last night that the first meeting between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association never even touched on money.
It was described as a first step in addressing the issues facing a restart amid the coronavirus pandemic, though the discussion didn’t involve any economic components pertaining to player compensation, sources familiar with the meeting told ESPN.
Items addressed include timing and logistics for a second spring training, potential rule changes, roster sizes and transaction rules. A good bulk of the meeting revolved around COVID-19 testing protocols, including contact tracing and response procedures in case of positive tests. Details for much of the health and safety concerns will be relayed to the association in the coming days.
Also addressed were ballpark access procedures moving forward, as well as health and safety issues away from the ballpark.