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MLB news remains understandably sparse, though it might not be too long before we have important things to discuss. Per ESPN's Jeff Passan, a formal proposal from the league to the union for a plan to resume spring training and eventually the regular season is expected to be on the table before long. What exactly that proposal will look like is not yet clear, but it's quite possible that we'll have concrete details to analyze within the next week. A June 10 spring training start and a July 1 Opening Day have been rumored, though whether that's the leading proposal or merely one of many ideas being tossed around by decision-makers is unknown.
Even without specific details, we can speculate somewhat usefully about the general contours of the upcoming season, which seems increasingly likely to take place in some form with each coming week, at least according to reports. For one, owners proposed an 82-game season, but even if that increases, playing more than 100 games appears quite slim with seemingly no hope of the season beginning before July 1. It seemed likely when play was originally suspended that pitchers with workload questions would see their values rise, and that seems even more true now.
We can also speculate on how exactly the game will look once play resumes, as it's obvious that the season will be unusual in many ways. As Trevor Bauer noted in an interview on ESPN on Sunday morning, a short spring training schedule means