MLB and the MLB players’ association reconvened on Tuesday to again try and make progress in the latest CBA negotiations, but it appears the meeting didn’t go very well. According to Evan Drellich of the Athletic, the two sides met for an hour and a half, and the discussions between some owners and players got “heated.”
Drellich added that the MLBPA made some alterations to their last proposal, including dropping their pre-arbitration bonus pool from $105M to $100M. The league’s side previously countered the $105M ask with $10M. The two sides remain very far apart on that front.
Additionally, the MLBPA modified their proposal regarding service time/service time manipulation. The previous ask was to have the service apply to players in the top 30 or top 10 by WAR, but now have requested top 20 or top seven by WAR, lessening both.
We’re now in February, meaning spring training was supposed to start this month. With the lack of any real progress, the possibility of spring training beginning on time is in serious jeopardy. In turn, this could delay the start of the regular season.
No next meeting has been made public yet, but the sides are going to have to meet again soon, and have to quickly start progressing towards a deal or else the winter will march on without the start of baseball.