The clock is ticking for Major League Baseball.
After the owners and the MLB Players Association exchanged insults on Sunday, the two sides spoke again Monday, with the league telling the union it was one day before canceling another game week, sources confirmed. The appointment was reported first by The Athletic.
A meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, and if an agreement is reached by the end of the day, MLB believes it can still play a full 162-game season by deferring the first two series to the end of the season.
The sides need to fill significant gaps to reach an agreement, with the competitive balance sheet tax at the top of the list.
The first tier of the CBT was set at $210 million last season and the MLBPA proposed an increase to $238 million next year, with MLB countering with $220 million.
Sources said MLB increased its first-year bid to $228 million on Monday, but there is still a sizeable difference for the remainder of the five-year collective bargaining proposal.
However, skepticism remained on the player side that a deal could be finalized by Tuesday – particularly a week after the three-month lockdown seemed about to end when they met for over 16 hours only to break up talks.
Hostilities erupted after this period as the union believed the league had made it appear at the time that the teams were closer together than they actually were.
If no agreement is reached, another game week could be lost as early as Tuesday, pushing back the start of the regular season until mid-April.
Not only would that jeopardize another set of games, but Jackie Robinson Day, which takes place on April 15 and celebrates the 75th anniversary of Robinson’s MLB debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Additionally, it would bring baseball to the brink where teams may have to give back television money, which some see as another yardstick for closing a deal.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/07/mlb-sets-deadline-for-canceling-more-regular-season-games/ MLB sets deadline for canceling additional regular-season games