In less time than it takes to get through half a baseball game, it went from looking like plans to start the 2020 MLB season were imminent – to once again being uncertain – to back to being forthcoming.
About 40 minutes after reports surfaced on Wednesday that MLB and the players union were closing in on an agreement to play, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) shot down the rumours.
"Reports of an agreement are false," read a statement from MLBPA Communications.
A 60-game season with fully prorated salaries began being published on Twitter in response to a reportedly productive meeting between commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA executive director Tony Clark on Tuesday.
While the MLBPA refuted that an agreement was looming, Manfred replied to their tweet about 50 minutes later implying the sides were nearing a deal.
"At my request, Tony Clark and I met for several hours yesterday in Phoenix," Manfred said in a statement. "We left that meeting with a jointly developed framework that we agreed could form the basis of an agreement and subject to conversations with our respective constituents.
"I summarised that framework numerous times in the meeting and sent Tony a written summary today. Consistent with our conversations yesterday, I am encouraging the clubs to move forward and I trust Tony is doing the same."
Manfred met with Clark at his home in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday to restart negotiation talks a day after the two butted heads.
Manfred spoke via ESPN's 'The Return of Sports' on Monday about the 2020 season and sparked controversy when he said: "I'm not confident. I think there's real risk; and as long as there's no dialogue, that real risk is going to continue.
"The owners are 100 per cent committed to getting baseball back on the field. Unfortunately, I can't tell you that I'm 100 per cent certain that's going to happen."
His comments came a week after he said: "I can tell you unequivocally we are going to play Major League Baseball this year."
Responding to Manfred's comments on Monday, Clark said in a statement: "Players are disgusted that after Rob Manfred unequivocally told players and fans that there would '100 per cent' be a 2020 season, he has decided to go back on his word and is now threatening to cancel the entire season."
The league's latest offer came on Friday, proposing a 72-game season that would pay players between 70 and 83 per cent of their prorated salaries. This came after the sides reached a deal on March 26 in which players agreed to prorated salaries.
|Mahomes is already rivalling Brady and Manning - how the Chiefs QB stacks up in numbers|
|Dwight Howard confirms he will play when NBA season resumes|
|´Let me borrow $5´ - LeBron congratulates Mahomes on record-setting contract extension|
|Coronavirus: NHL, NHLPA reach return-to-play agreement|
|Coronavirus: MLB to open with Yankees v Nationals and Giants v Dodgers on July 23|
|Mahomes´ unique talents make him worth giant price tag|
|Chiefs sign Super Bowl MVP Mahomes to record 10-year extension|
|Coronavirus: MLB explains testing delays after complaints|
|Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo tests positive for coronavirus|
|Chiefs & Mahomes agree to 10-year extension – reports|
|Coronavirus: 35 NHL players test positive in last month|
|Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo slams MLB for delayed test results|
|Coronavirus: Nationals reliever Doolittle blasts US over COVID-19 response|
|Cleveland Indians manager favours changing nickname|
|Coronavirus: Braves pitcher Hernandez opts out of 2020 MLB season|
|Coronavirus: NBA releases scrimmage schedule before season restart|
|Coronavirus: Raptors ready to defend NBA title – Ibaka|
|Coronavirus: Yankees pair LeMahieu and Cessa test positive for COVID-19|
|Coronavirus: Dodgers´ Price opts out of MLB season due to COVID-19 concerns|
|Coronavirus: Giants´ Posey considering opting out of 2020 season|
|Coronavirus: Freddie Freeman among four Braves with COVID-19|
|Browns TE David Njoku wants trade|
|Cleveland Indians to discuss changing name amid pressure|
|Angels star Trout still unsure if he´ll play in 2020|
|Pacers´ Oladipo opts out of NBA restart|
|Celtics´ Hayward will leave Orlando in September for child´s birth|
|FedEx asks Washington Redskins to change name|
|Coronavirus: Spurs´ DeRozan unhappy with NBA bubble rules|
|Coronavirus: Lakers´ chances of NBA success higher after break – Davis|
|Cam Newton says Patriots contract is about respect, not money|
|Mitchell speaks about relationship with Jazz team-mate Gobert|
|Coronavirus: Blue Jays granted waiver to train in Canada|
|Cubs pitcher Quintana has thumb surgery for laceration|
|Coronavirus: Nine more NBA players test positive|
|Cam Newton: Belichick´s plan ´may not be what everyone thinks´, says Cousins|
|Coronavirus: No one has worked harder than Embiid – Brown hails 76ers star|
|Coronavirus: Giannis says 2020 NBA title will be ´toughest championship you could ever win´|
|Coronavirus: Nuggets expect to have All-Star Jokic for NBA restart|
|Jordan Love: Packers QB signs NFL contract|
|Coronavirus: Orlando bubble a ´mental test´ for Lakers – Pelinka|
|Coronavirus: Silver says COVID-19 spread may stop NBA|
|Yankees GM ´very optimistic´ Judge will be ready for opening day|
|I will always be your #1 - Brady reminds Edelman of bromance as Cam signs in New England|
|Rockies OF Desmond opts out of MLB season|
|Coronavirus: Nets´ Jordan tests positive for COVID-19, won´t play in Orlando|
|Coronavirus: Nets PG Dinwiddie tests positive for COVID-19, may sit out restart|
|Nationals duo Zimmerman and Ross join Arizona´s Leake in opting out of MLB season|
|Richard Sherman: ´Disgusting´ that Cam Newton will make so little in New England|
|Cam Newton ´will be great´ for Patriots|
|Coronavirus: Nets´ Chandler opts out of NBA season restart in Orlando|
|Cam Newton joins New England Patriots – reports|
|Former NFL coach, ´Hogs´ architect Joe Bugel dies at 80|
|Jordan Love can be Packers´ Taysom Hill, says Brett Favre|
|Top pick in NHL Draft Lottery to be decided by second drawing|
|Coronavirus: NBA releases schedule for season restart in Orlando|
|Coronavirus: NBA, players finalise terms for restart|
|Coronavirus: NBA tests reveal 16 players have COVID-19|
|Rangers star Panarin wants change to NHL´s escrow system before restart|
|MLB season will be sprint instead of marathon|
|LeBron James says NFL owes Colin Kaepernick an apology|
|Panthers coach Rhule would consider kneeling during anthem|
|Stefanski: Odell Beckham to be at full strength for Browns´ camp|
|NFL Hall of Fame Game, induction ceremonies postponed to 2021|
|Vince Carter retires: An incredible 22-year NBA career in numbers|
|Vince Carter officially announces retirement after 22-year NBA career|
|Buccaneers LB Shaquil Barrett 50-50 on signing franchise tag|
|Coronavirus: Kings´ Jabari Parker tests positive for COVID-19|
|Iginla, Hossa headline 2020 Hockey Hall of Fame class|
|Coronavirus: Cowboys´ Elliott close to workout return after COVID-19 diagnosis|
|Coronavirus: Pacers guard Brogdon tests positive for COVID-19|