The finances are not the only problem in restarting a major league season.
Two people involved in the game — one described as a major league pitching coach and one a 40-man roster player — have contacted COVID-19, multiple sources told The Post.
No one would name the people who contracted the virus. But those aware of the situation say the pitching coach had the virus weeks ago and is now recovered. The 40-man roster player was described as having contracted the virus more recently, but with the belief that he has not infected anyone else involved in the game.
Commissioner Rob Manfred had said this week he believed MLB and the union were close to agreeing to health and safety protocols to be used for spring training and a season.
One of the complicating factors in the sides being unable to reach agreement on finances, however, has been a delay in spring training that is to include both COVID-19 screening and education at the outset. MLB’s proposals to restart the season will allow any player to opt out. Those who have been ruled high risk would receive their salary and full service time. Those who opt out who are not deemed high risk would receive neither.
Perhaps most complicating of all, though, if the sides can agree to restart the season, is that COVID-19 cases are rising in multiple places, including the two spring training states of Arizona and Florida. MLB teams would have the right to have spring training either in their normal spring camps or their home stadium. But COVID-19 cases, for example, also are rising in California and Texas, two states that combine to house seven teams.