It appears baseball fans finally have a reason to smile. Well, maybe.

ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Wednesday that "significant progress" has been made between MLB and the MLB Players Association on terms of a 2020 season after commissioner Rob Manfred and union chief Tony Clark met in Arizona.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred released a statement Monday afternoon saying that the two sides "left the meeting with a jointly developed framework that we agreed could form the basis of an agreement."

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported, citing a source, that the MLB proposal includes 60 games.

Despite these reports and before Manfred's statement, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Wednesday that MLB and its players union are "closing in" on an agreement to have a season this year. Heyman reports the deal is expected to come with prorated pay for players and expanded playoffs. 

However, the MLBPA announced that "reports of an agreement are false."

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The two sides have been arguing for months, and Manfred said Monday that he wasn't confident a season would be played. It appears he's feeling a little more confident now. 


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