While MLB and the Player’s Union still struggle to meet in the middle on financial details, the season schedule is starting to take shape. The MLBPA sent over their counterproposal to league owners this weekend, asking for a 114-game season.
The MLB owners came back as recently as yesterday, saying that the league would actually prefer to do a season in the range of 50-60 games. Another report broke yesterday from The Boston Globe, saying that players were actually fine with the idea of realigning divisions for the 2020 season.
The idea of changing around the divisions stems from the hope of cutting down travel for players all year long. Rather than continuing to play all around the country, teams would likely stick to the teams within their expanded division. MLB owners had received the approval from the MLBPA this past weekend, per the report.
Essentially, the new alignment would put teams in the AL and NL together, grouped regionally. So every team in the NL West and AL West would be combining to play each other all season long, however many games that might be. So in that sense, the MLB did just put the Dodgers and Astros in the same division if the report is accurate.
MLB has not commented on the report, nor has any major news outlet aside from the Boston Globe. But this new structure would also add the Angels, Athletics, Rangers, and Mariners to the National League West. They would join the Giants, Rockies, Padres, and Diamondbacks as the other western teams, giving each division ten big league squads.
We’re still waiting for further news on this.