CLOSE USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale breaks down how COVID-19 is impacting MLB players and their willingness to get surgeries. USA TODAYThe first round was unscheduled, and to call it a fight would at this point be off the mark.The matchup is the same, however, and it’s one that never does Major League Baseball and its players any favors with the public.Millionaires vs. Billionaires.As the 2020 baseball calendar slips further into jeopardy while the novel coronavirus continues its spread across the country, MLB and MLB Players’ Association officials are engaging, exchanging ideas and proposals and hoping to hammer out something resembling an agreement regarding contingencies for a significantly shortened or altogether canceled season.MLB and the union had several industrious discussions over the weekend and once again exchanged proposals, according to a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the talks.Next year, those groups will aim to hammer out a Collective Bargaining Agreement before the current CBA expires in December 2021. That was expected to be the battle royale, with players seeking significant changes to how and when they are compensated and granted

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