Dionisio Soldevila of ESPN Deportes reports that infielder Rafael Furcal has a torn hamstring and will miss the Dominican Winter League playoffs. Furcal had drawn some interest, namely from the Phillies, as he attempts to keep his major league career afloat. The injury is obviously a setback to that goal.
Furcal, 37, missed all of the 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, and managed to play in only nine games for the Marlins this past season due to a strained hamstring.
Furcal singled once and doubled once in four at-bats for Águilas Cibaeñas in the Dominican Winter League. His team is slated to begin the round-robin playoff series against Gigantes del Cibao on Saturday.
Last night it was reported that the Players Union had made an offer to Major League Baseball and the owners regarding plans for a 2020 season. The offer, which was in part counteroffer to the owners’ previous offer, part new proposals of its own, involved a 114-game season with an end date on October 31, a playoff expansion for two years, the right for players to opt out of the season over health concerns, and a potential deferral of 2020 salaries if the postseason were to be canceled.
How’s that sitting with the owners? Not great, folks.
Evan Drellich of The Athletic reported this morning that the owners want a shorter schedule than the 114 games the players proposed, likely because they want to increase the odds that they can get to a postseason before a potential second wave COVID-19 outbreak occurs, as many experts expect it will. The owners also, not surprisingly, still want salary reductions, which the players have not addressed due to their contention that the matter was settled. Drellich says that the players’ offer “hasn’t been rejected yet but that’s inevitable.”
Bob Klapisch of the Newark Star-Ledger is more blunt:
The sides are, as Drellich notes, still talking. It would appear, however, that the owners tack of negotiating through the media is continuing on as well.