More games in jeopardy with two deadlocked teams

Another meeting, another stalemate.

After the MLB and MLBPA met Sunday for just over an hour and a half at MLBPA’s Midtown headquarters — with the union making its first proposal since talks in Jupiter, Fla., collapsed on Tuesday — MLB responded that the two sides these are “stuck”.

And with the negative tone coming from both sides over the last week, it’s clear that more regular-season games could soon be in jeopardy.

As MLB’s suspension extends to a third month and with the first two series of the regular season have already been cancelledNegotiators from both sides, MLB Assistant Commissioner Dan Halem and MLBPA Chief Counsel Bruce Meyer, also met briefly for a face-to-face meeting following the formal meeting.

It’s up to MLB to plan the next meeting.

After Sunday’s meeting, MLB spokesman Glen Caplin responded to the MLBPA proposal, saying, “We were hoping to see movement in our direction to give us additional flexibility and close a deal quickly.” The Players Association chose to respond to us with a proposal that was worse than Monday night and was not designed to move the process forward. On some issues they even went backwards. Put simply, we’re stuck. We’ll try to figure out how to respond, but nothing in this proposal makes it easy.”

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MLB Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem (l.), Senior VP Patrick Houlihan (c.) and Executive VP Morgan Sword (r.) arrive at the MLBPA headquarters in New York on Sunday.

MLB sources said the union previously offered more movement in the pre-arbitration pool during Monday’s negotiations than the $5 million they planned to give up Sunday.

Union sources noted concessions players have made since pre-lockout negotiations began regarding Super 2 arbitration, age-based agency, revenue share reductions, non-monetary CBT penalties, patch-wearing and extended playoffs, and certain rule changes.

While there have been incremental changes, a large gap remains in some key areas, including the competitive balance sheet tax and pre-arbitration bonus pool. And the union again rejected MLB’s proposal for an international draft.

Where there has been some movement – albeit quite small – sides are discussing the formation of a joint committee that would allow the league to make changes on the pitch within a 45-day window of the proposal if approved by a joint committee is approved, but only for three possible rule changes: a pitch clock, larger bases and defensive shifts, but not before the 2023 season. And players declined to include a league-sought change for robotic umpires in the package. According to the previous collective agreement, there was a one-year waiting period.

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MLB says league and union are “stalled” after Sunday’s labor negotiations.
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On the financial side, the MLBPA reduced its claim from $85 million to $80 million in the pre-arbitration pool, leaving the sides $50 million apart.

The Players’ Association also agreed to include some non-tax penalties in the CBT thresholds, but there was no movement on the thresholds.

The players are seeking a raise to $238 million for the first season, with increases to $244 million, $250 million, $256 million, and $263 million in subsequent years of the deal .

MLB wants the thresholds at $220 million for the next three seasons, with increases to $224 million in 2025 and $230 million in 2026.

The union continued to oppose an international draft, sticking to $725,000 for the minimum salary and an extended 12-team postseason — and a 14-team postseason is still not off the table. More games in jeopardy with two deadlocked teams


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