Major League Baseball players on lockdown have removed the first of three major obstacles to employment contracts, withdrawing their proposal for more free agency as the parties meet face-to-face on Monday for the first time since the management lockdown began on December 1.
In a negotiation session that lasted a little more than two hours at the Midtown Manhattan office of the Major League Baseball Players Association, the union also revised its revenue-sharing proposal, requiring the money to be moved from major markets. to smaller markets is cut somehow it says $30 million, a number manager disputed. The players had previously requested a $100 million drop.
Management is adamant not to reduce revenue sharing. The clubs also insist they will not change the conditions for paying referees, something the players want to restore to pre-1987 levels when it was two years of major league service.
Another meeting in the contentious negotiations is scheduled for Tuesday, the first in a row since negotiations collapsed last fall that resulted in the baseball team’s ninth shutdown. , for the first time since 1995.
Neither party has publicly commented on the proposal, in response to management’s request on January 13 – delivered in an online session, the first of its kind in core economics. core after 42 days break. Details of the union’s proposal were discussed by two people familiar with the negotiations, who spoke on condition of anonymity because no public statements were authorized.
While there is significant movement in one of the three areas that clubs say are both key to a deal and non-negotiable, the February 16 start of spring training still remains. threatened.
The opening date is scheduled for March 31, and an agreement must be reached by the end of February or the beginning of March to start on time, as players need to go through the COVID-19 protocols and then have at least three weeks of training and some exhibition games.
Andrew Miller, a relief pitcher with 12 years of service, was the only player involved in the negotiation.
Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort, chairman of the owner’s labor policy committee, was part of the four-person MLB delegation, accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem, executive vice president of operations Morgan Sword and vice president. Senior President Patrick Houlihan.
Free agent eligibility has had six years of service since 1976. Players proposed last summer that it be tapered off for the 2025-26 season to six years of service or five years of service. service and 29.5 years of age, whichever is earlier.
The player withdrew that proposal but still requested that time in service be credited for special achievements, such as finishing among the top five in the Rookie of the Year vote, to be awarded. highly in the vote of the year or selected for first or second place- MLB Team. That proposal is to address the allegation of manipulating service time; The union filed an unsuccessful complaint alleging that the Chicago Cubs broke the rules when they delayed Kris Bryant’s debut in 2015 to make him one day apprehensive about his post-season free agent status. tournament 2020.
Management has a much more restrictive proposal that would give teams an additional amateur draft for a young player’s achievements. The theory is that clubs will send potential stars to majors to try to earn more selection.
Both sides offer a draw at the top of the amateur draft to increase competition and reduce the chance that a team will split its roster in hopes of winning the top pick. Teams have proposed that all non-post-season clubs participate in a weighted lottery for the top three picks and that one club does not qualify for the top three picks. for more than two consecutive years. Players want the top eight picks determined by a lottery.
Other key issues are the minimum wage and luxury tax rates and thresholds. Players have requested a minimum increase from $570,500 last year to $775,000 this season, and gradually up to $875,000 by 2026. Teams have proposed a $600,000 increase for players with less than a year. major league service, $650,000 for at least one but less than two and $700,000 for at least two. Each will grow $10,000 annually, to $640,000, $690,000, and $740,000 by 2026.
Unhappy with payrolls down 4% from 2015 levels, players want to raise the luxury tax threshold from $210 million last year to $245 million this season and eliminate non-tax penalties. Teams want to raise the threshold to $214 million.
Referee eligibility since 2013 has been three seasons plus 22% highest for players with at least two years but less than three years. The union said it would not consider the MLB’s proposal to replace the “second-tier” arbitration group with additional spending on the entire second class plus performance-based.
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