Report: MLBPA sends memo regarding transaction freeze, living allowances


Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

As MLB executives, players and other personnel seek answers about their current status amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the players association sent a memo to agents on Monday to address some of these issues, according to multiple reports.

One of the key details of the memo is that a transaction/signing freeze period is under discussion and expected in the “very near future.”

That freeze is expected to protect players with March opt-out clauses and would be lifted when camps re-open.

The memo states that the MLBPA will provide living allowances of up to $1,100 per week through April 9, or until teams provide something similar, according to The Athletic‘s Ken Rosenthal. That allowance applies to players on the 40-man roster as of this past Friday, as well as certain non-roster invitees.

The MLBPA also mentioned in its memo that it continues to talk with the league about a number of issues, including conditions for resumption of play, amending the schedule, player salaries, service time, contracts/transactions, amateur signings, core economics and potential adjustments for collectively bargained dates and deadlines.

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