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MLB, MiLB release a joint statement regarding their negotiations

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The other day a report came out that Minor League Baseball was prepared, out of necessity, to give in to Major League Baseball’s demands that 40 minor league teams be contracted. Minor League Baseball quickly followed up with a statement that the report was inaccurate, but that negotiations were ongoing.

Just now, MLB and MiLB released a joint statement updating everyone on what’s happening. The answer, for now, is nothing:

The respective negotiating teams of Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball held a constructive meeting on Wednesday. The parties are continuing their discussions, with the goal of concluding a mutually beneficial long-term agreement in the near future.

The fact that they’re on the same page with this sort of message just a couple of months after they were at each other’s throats, with increasingly provocative and combative public statements being issued back and forth, is quite the thing. Then again, we’re living in quite a time.

It certainly suggests to me, however, that we will soon get news of a major contraction of Minor League Baseball.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”