Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |
Initial talks between Major League Baseball and the Players Association on Tuesday did not include a specific proposal for how to handle players who do not want to participate this year because of health and safety concerns, according to people briefed on the talks.
According to several agents, this will be an extremely important part of negotiations to resume play. Earlier on Thursday, SNY reported that some players are expected to sit out the season because of health risks and underlying conditions that impact either them or their family members.
Will those players be allowed to sit without pay -- but also without penalty from their employers? How will their service time be calculated?
Agents and athletes are eager to know how this particular issue, one of great importance to them, will be handled.