However, MLB on Fox reporter Ken Rosenthal reported on Wednesday night that the Major League Baseball Players Association is advising agents that the Jays are asking the Canadian government to play the entire home portion of their season in Toronto.
Under such a scenario, the Blue Jays would potentially use Sahlen Field in Buffalo, home to the triple-A affiliate Bisons, as the Alternate Training Site for players not on the active roster required under Major League Baseball's 2020 Operations Manual.
The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not officially announced the positive cases.
The National Hockey League recently gained exemptions that allow that league to consider three Canadian markets as potential "hub cities" in its return-to-play plan.
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The commissioner finally offered to pay the players their full prorated salaries, something they had decline to offer until now. The 2020 season has yet to commence, but it wasn't player-owner differences that initially delayed Opening Day.
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"The resumption of activities in Canada must be undertaken in adherence to Canada's plan to mitigate the importation and spread of COVID-19", Maddison told The Associated Press. -Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21.
Anyone entering Canada for non-essential reasons must remain in quarantine for 14 days, and the USA border.
On Tuesday, MLB issued a 60-game schedule beginning July 23 and 24 in empty ballparks as the league tries to push forward amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Most teams intend to work out in their regular-season ballparks, but where Toronto is going to play remains uncertain.
Florida's COVID-19 spike has continued unabated, with a record 5,508 cases reported across the state overnight, according to William Feuer of CNBC. "It's a total disaster and it's most of a disaster in the South and West. Baseball players are included in that disaster", Morris said. There is strict testing and screening and quarantine requirements.
Major League Baseball is now seeking similar cooperation from the Canadian government.
The NHL, meanwhile, is planning a hub city approach that does not involve travel back and forth between the USA and Canada.