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Dodgers acquire Jedd Gyorko from Cardinals

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The Dodgers have acquired infielder Jedd Gyorko from the Cardinals in exchange for lefty reliever Tony Cingrani and minor league pitcher Jeffry Abreu, the Cardinals announced.

Gyorko, 30, has been on the injured list since early June due to lower back, calf, and wrist injuries. He hit a light .196/.274/.304 with two home runs and seven RBI in 62 plate appearances beforehand. Gyorko is expected to begin a rehab assignment soon.

The Dodgers’ infield depth has taken a hit with David Freese, Kiké Hernández, and Chris Taylor on the injured list. Once health himself, Gyorko can help as an infield backup with his experience at second base, third base, and shortstop.

Cingrani, 30, has a disappointing 4.76 ERA with 36 strikeouts and six walks in 22 2/3 innings of work this season out of the Dodgers’ bullpen.

Abreu, 19, has spent 2019 at rookie ball, where he’s pitched 19 1/3 innings. He has allowed 12 runs (10 earned) on 19 hits and six walks with 24 strikeouts.

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.