Major League Baseball has canceled games through April 13 as players and owners continue negotiations

NEW YORK — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred canceled 93 more games Wednesday, adding pressure on the suspended players and seemingly ending the remaining chance to play a busy 162-game schedule.

MLB announced that two more series through April 13 have been canceled. That brought the total to 184 games that were wiped out in the 2,430 game season, or 7.6%.

“In a last-ditch attempt to preserve a 162-game season, we made good-faith proposals this week that addressed the specific concerns raised by the MLBPA and would have allowed players to return to the field immediately,” he said Manfred a statement. “Due to the logistical realities of the calendar, two more series will be scrapped from the schedule, meaning opening day will be pushed back to April 14.”

With the union’s latest counter-offer, differences between the two sides have narrowed. Earlier in the day, management gave the union a new option that would allow an agreement to be slashed after the 2024 season – leading to even more negotiations between management and players who view one another with disdain.

As the gaps narrowed on the three most contentious economic talking points, management pushed ahead with its long-cherished goal of an international amateur draft. Players have repeatedly rejected the proposal since it was made on July 28th.

MLB said it will not make a new counteroffer to players unless the union first chooses one of three options: approval of the international draft in exchange for eliminating direct amateur draft-pick pay for qualified free agents; Retaining Compensation in Exchange for MLB Dropping International Draft Proposal; or removing compensation while giving players until November 15 to accept an international draft beginning in 2024 and giving MLB the right to reopen the employment contract after the 2024 season if the players don’t accept the draft.

On the 98th day of baseball’s first walkout since 1995, the final alternative would leave open the possibility of another labor dispute in less than three years.

MLB had told the union that Tuesday would be the last possible day to reach an agreement that would allow for an amended 162-game schedule and full salary and service time required to achieve free hands for players.

“The clubs have made extraordinary efforts to meet the significant demands of the MLBPA,” said Manfred. “In terms of key economic issues that have posed stumbling blocks, clubs have suggested ways to fill gaps in order to maintain a full schedule. Regrettably, after our second night-time negotiation session in a week, we are left without an agreement.”

Players lowered their luxury tax threshold to $232 million this year, with increases to $235 million in 2023, $240 million in 2024, $245 million in 2025, and $250 million US dollars in 2026.

Players had ranged from $238 million to $263 million on their previous proposal a week earlier. They were within 2.5% of management’s baseline figure of $230 million in Tuesday’s proposal. Players were within 3.2% of MLB’s $242 million for 2026.

Management’s desire for an additional fourth tax threshold of $60 million above the first threshold is among the remaining points of contention.

Players fell from $80 million to $65 million for their proposed bonus pool for players eligible before arbitration, a day after MLB increased its offer from $30 million to $40 million. The union is asking for $5 million in annual pay rises, while management’s offer is the same for every five years.

The union lowered its proposed minimum salary from $725,000 to $710,000, a number that will increase to $780,000 by 2026. Management is at $700,000 this year, rising to $770,000. The union’s tax threshold and bonus pool proposals were first reported by The Athletic.

After the sides negotiated back and forth for 16 1/2 hours ending at 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, the union held a morning conference call with its executive.

The union’s chief negotiator, Bruce Meyer, and general counsel, Ian Penny, then walked three blocks through a wintry mix of rain and snow to take the proposal to the MLB office, and a short time later made their way back to union headquarters .

In the international draft proposal, teams would take turns picking in different first-round quadrants over a four-year period. A slotting system would be installed, similar to what the union agreed to on the amateur draft as of 2012, covering residents of the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.

The international draft proposal includes hard slots that could not be negotiated by individuals. MLB estimates the $17 million in additional spending for drafted international players exceeds the $166.3 million that the 30 teams will spend in 2021, plus an additional $6 million for undrafted players. The draft would begin in 2024.

International players would lose the right to choose which team to sign with. The draft age would be the year a player turns 16.

Tuesday’s deadline was the third set by MLB in the past two weeks.

Manfred originally set a February 28 deadline to maintain the March 31 opening day. After 16 1/2 hours of negotiations in Jupiter, Fla., beginning February 28 and ending at 2:30 the next morning, Manfred made progress, extending that deadline to 5:00 p.m. the following day.

Talks collapsed and Manfred announced that the first two series for each team during the season had been cancelled. Negotiators returned to New York and resumed negotiations on Sunday.

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Dais Johnston

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