J.J. Hoover beat the Reds in an arbitration hearing

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Right-hander J.J. Hoover and the Reds went through with an arbitration hearing over a difference of just $175,000 and the three-person panel ruled in favor of Hoover.

That means he’ll get a $1.4 million salary in 2016 rather than the Reds’ offer of $1.225 million.

Aroldis Chapman‘s departure leaves the closer role open in Cincinnati and Hoover is considered the favorite to claim the job. Last season as a setup man for Chapman he logged 64 innings with a 2.94 ERA and 52/31 K/BB ratio and Hoover has a 3.34 career ERA in 224 innings through age 27.

Arbitration eligible for the first time, he’s under team control through 2018.

MLBPA proposes 114-game season, playoff expansion to MLB

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Major League Baseball Players Association has submitted a proposal to the league concerning the 2020 season. The proposal includes a 114-game season with an end date on October 31, playoff expansion for two years, the right for players to opt out of the season, and a potential deferral of 2020 salaries if the postseason were to be canceled.

Passan clarifies that among the players who choose to opt out, only those that are considered “high risk” would still receive their salaries. The others would simply receive service time. The union also proposed that the players receive a non-refundable $100 million sum advance during what would essentially be Spring Training 2.

If the regular season were to begin in early July, as has often been mentioned as the target, that would give the league four months to cram in 114 games. There would have to be occasional double-headers, or the players would have to be okay with few off-days. Nothing has been mentioned about division realignment or a geographically-oriented schedule, but those could potentially ease some of the burden.

Last week, the owners made their proposal to the union, suggesting a “sliding scale” salary structure. The union did not like that suggestion. Players were very vocal about it, including on social media as Max Scherzer — one of eight players on the union’s executive subcommittee — made a public statement. The owners will soon respond to the union’s proposal. They almost certainly won’t be happy with many of the details, but the two sides can perhaps find a starting point and bridge the gap. As the calendar turns to June, time is running out for the two sides to hammer out an agreement on what a 2020 season will look like.