The MLB Players Association will hold a bargaining session Thursday. The players and owners reached agreement on the salary cap, but now they must decide how to divide the money up among each of them over the next two seasons.
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ESPN’s Jeff Passan
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Sources familiar with the situation told ESPN on Tuesday that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association intend to conduct a negotiating session on Thursday, the first since the league locked out the players in December.
According to insiders, MLB contacted the union to set up the meeting, during which the league wants to offer a proposal that addresses certain key economic and competitive problems. The lockout followed face-to-face negotiations in Dallas, during which the parties failed to reach an agreement on a new labor contract as the existing collective bargaining agreement was about to expire.
While the parties met in December to address peripheral concerns, the way to any ultimate compromise goes via the sport’s finances, and the meeting might be a sign of how long the game’s first labor stoppage in more than a quarter-century will last.
So far, progress has been sluggish. The gap between the two sides is wide, with players demanding big improvements across the board, including early free agency and arbitration, a significant rise in the competitive-balance-tax level, players being paid more at younger ages, and additional incentives for clubs to succeed. The league has said that it feels it pays players a suitable wage in aggregate, and that it is working to improve competitive balance and extend the playoffs.
The Dallas sessions exemplified the current state of negotiations. The union produced a proposal that was almost identical to the prior one. The league announced on Dec. 1 that it would offer a counterproposal if the union agreed to exclude time until players reach free agency and arbitration, as well as any changes to revenue sharing, from the negotiations. The union was not on board. Officials from the league left the hotel where negotiation was taking place, did not return, and the players were locked out that night.
MLB has previously proposed reforms such as the elimination of direct draft pick compensation for top free agents, the implementation of a draft lottery, the creation of a universal designated hitter, a little increase in the CBT threshold, and a larger minimum pay. In its most recent proposal, the union stated it was open to expanded playoffs (with 12 teams rather than the 14 sought by the league) and letting the league to place advertising patches on uniforms.
If the meeting puts the parties on track to a settlement, it may save the team’s chances of opening spring training on schedule, which insiders on both sides have described as in jeopardy in recent weeks. Pitchers and catchers are expected to report to camps in Arizona and Florida around the middle of February, with the first games on February 26.
Regular-season games don’t start until March 31, and sources say an agreement would have to be in place by early March for the season to start on schedule. Because of the lockout, a slew of logistical obstacles will arise, ranging from the 100 or so unemployed free agents to the expired visas of foreign players, all of which are likely to generate a scramble regardless of when a settlement is reached.
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