Major League Baseball has announced they will be reducing their upcoming draft to five rounds, in an attempt to cut costs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The draft is slated to begin on June 10th and the last time the draft was shortened was 2012, when it went from 50 to 40 rounds. Teams will reportedly be allowed to sign an unlimited number of undrafted players for $20,000 once the five rounds conclude.
Meanwhile, news surfaced last week that MLB will submit a best-case scenario proposal that outlines a pathway to begin the 2020 regular season this summer. The situation is fluid, but MLB’s proposal includes a three-week “spring training 2.0” in June, with games to follow in July.