RJ Anderson and Matt Snyder | CBS Sports: After the union rejected MLB’s request for a federal mediator, labor secretary Marty Walsh offered his assistance with the negotiations. The player’s denied intervention by a mediator because the league hasn’t meaningfully engaged with them at the table, so outside help isn’t necessary.
Dan Szymborski | FanGraphs: Expanded playoffs are likely coming, and by all estimations, they will make the postseason worse. Is there a way to get more teams in October without cheapening the experience?
Al Yellon | Bleed Cubbie Blue: Not satisfied with the mild success of Marquee, the Cubs are considering launching their own streaming service. The product would allow in-market streaming of Cubs games that aren’t subject to blackout restrictions. Early reports are that MLB is pushing back on the idea, in part because the $18 per month price tag is a bit too high.