Basic economic talks resume for the first time


If MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred (l) has enough adamant owners that he doesn’t give, it will slow the process down.GETTY IMAGES

MLB is “preparing new basic economic proposals to deliver” to MLBPA, possibly this month, which means basic economic talks will have “restarted for the first time since the owners locked out on December 2, marking a positive development, “according to Evan Drellich of ATHLETICS. However, a real movement may not happen as long as “more is at stake than just starting spring training on time.” Players, for years, have “indicated they want significant changes.” The MLB, knowing this, could have “adopted a basic mentality: we can give up and wait as long as possible.” Drellich: “Why make big concessions when players could say no without risking a salary? Meanwhile, it seems “intentional” for the MLBPA to ask for a “series of significant changes without identifying a particular change, or a set of them, that players feel they absolutely must have.” The union “has not yet drawn lines in the sand”, apart from what has “been understood for a long time – that a salary cap is not tenable”. But, if MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has “enough prominent owners on his labor policy committee or whatever who are adamant that he won’t give” it “will slow the process down” (, 1/7).

PROBLEMS TO BE SOLVED: In Minneapolis, Phil Miller wrote that owners believe gamers “will become anxious about finding a job and missing their paychecks.” With so many financial problems to deal with, tackling the sport’s problems on the pitch has become “a secondary priority”, even as “the pace of play, lack of action and lower attacking dampens the appeal of the game. baseball “(Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 1/9). In New York, Ken Davidoff wrote that it doesn’t help that the “principals on both sides really hate each other.” Davidoff: “Here is the attempt of this lawyer specializing in labor law to get sport back on track:”

  • Pay floors
  • The Luxury Tax: In recognition of the floors, continue the “modest hike in past ABC’s threshold,” which “would take it” to $ 231 million by 26. Keep the “aforementioned bells and whistles.”
  • Income Sharing: It is “not unreasonable” to ask income sharing recipients to “account for the dollars they receive and face the consequences of their mismanagement”.
  • Minimum player salary: It was $ 570,500 last season. Increase that to $ 1.2 million in ’22 and bring it to $ 1.5 million by ’26.
  • Arbitration: Devise a mathematical formula for an arbitration fund to which each team contributes an amount determined according to “the number of players eligible for arbitration that they employ and the length of service of these players”. Then say to the PA: “You distribute it as you wish to your players”.
  • A weighed draft lottery including all teams that miss the playoffs
  • 14-team playoffs
  • The universal DH (NY POST, 1/8).

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