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In Mariners news...
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Around the league...
- The NPB ran into a hurdle when two players tested positive for COVID-19 prior to an exhibition game.
- With the draft just a week away, Baseball America released their latest mock, which has the Mariners selecting RHP Max Meyer with the sixth pick.
- Chris Archer could be ripe for the picking for the Mariners this coming offseason.
The anticipation among agents is that as teams look for ways to offset financial losses into 2021, the free agents/4+ and 5+ arbitration-eligible players will take the biggest hits. In that context, seems very unlikely the Pirates will pick up Chris Archer's $11m option for 2021.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) June 3, 2020
- Rob Manfred’s lack of involvement here is shocking.
Rob Manfred not among the guests. https://t.co/wNslWk0HlA— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) June 3, 2020
- While things looked promising not too long ago, the divide continues between the two sides.
MLB has rejected the union’s 114-game regular season proposal. They plan no counter. They are sititng on essentially implementing a 48-54-game season for full prorated salaries or 82-ish at less than prorated, sources tell The Post— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) June 3, 2020
Which teams need a draft do-over the most from the 2010s? Look away, Mariners fans https://t.co/KmI8V2is5R— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 3, 2020
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- Jay Jaffe at Fangraphs tries to imagine what the 2019 season would have looked like if it were only 50 games.
- James Wagner at The New York Times weighs in on MLB’s statement regarding recent civil unrest.
- The NBA has made plans to return to action.
So the NBA's inviting 22 teams to Orlando: 13 Western Conference, 9 Eastern Conference. Eight-regular season games per team. Play-in for the 8th seeds. July 31-October 12. Vote tomorrow to ratify.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 3, 2020
The NBA's back.