According to baseball MLB, work talks with suspended players are ‘stalled’

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March 7, 2022

(Reuters) – Major League Baseball described negotiations with its suspended players as “stalled” after a meeting on Sunday that said the union had come up with a proposal that had “scaled back” on some issues.

The two teams met for the first time since Tuesday in New York, when MLB decided to cancel the first week of regular season games after a league-imposed deadline passed without agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement.

But MLB, which said it hopes for a move in its direction to gain additional flexibility to quickly close a deal, left the meeting unfazed.

“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,” MLB spokesman Glen Caplin said.

“On some topics 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.”

The MLB Players Association did not immediately respond when asked by Reuters for comment on the recent talks, but an official has reportedly disputed the league’s claim that the union had moved backwards.

The two sides are reportedly remaining far apart on issues like luxury tax, minimum wages and bonus pool ahead of the arbitration, raising the possibility that more games could be canceled soon.

The 2022 season was scheduled to begin with Opening Day on March 31 and this year marks the first MLB games missed due to a labor dispute since the 1994-1995 players’ strike.

This work stoppage forced a season to end prematurely, delayed the start of the next year’s season and turned off fans, with viewership falling when games finally resumed.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto) According to baseball MLB, work talks with suspended players are ‘stalled’

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