CBA meetings to discuss basic economics not scheduled


MLB and the Players Association (MLBPA) returned to the bargaining table last week to discuss the basic economics of a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), but as in recent meetings, little to no progress has been made.

The league declined to make a counter-offer to the players and instead requested the intervention of a federal mediator to help resolve the labor disputes. The union officially denied that request on Friday, leaving the parties in a state of flux with spring training camps due to open in the middle of the month.

The latest setback hasn’t stopped MLB and the Players Association from talking to each other. They met again on Friday, but only to discuss non-essential economic issues such as the amateur draft.

It remains to be seen when the league and the players will take up bigger matters next, as according to Evan Drellich of The Athletic there are no grassroots economic meetings currently scheduled:

Including Friday, the parties met for three consecutive days to discuss topics outside of basic economics, which includes some important areas such as the amateur draft. But no meetings are scheduled just yet on the big issues, and with typical mid-February reporting dates for pitchers and catchers less than two weeks away, spring training looks certain to be on. delayed.

Among the economic issues yet to be resolved are the establishment of a bonus pool for pre-arbitration players, the threshold for the luxury tax (competitive balance tax) and the minimum wage. In their last negotiations, MLB and MLBPA were separated by $90 million on a pre-arbitration bonus pool.

Given the distance between them on a new CBA, it’s almost certain that spring training will be delayed. March 1 is considered a more important deadline as a new CBA in place by then could determine whether the opening day of the 2022 regular season will take place on the last day of the month as scheduled.

MLB responds to MLBPA

With federal mediation seeming off the table, it falls to the league and the union to continue CBA negotiations. “Our goal is to have players on the field and fans in the baseball diamonds for spring training and Opening Day,” MLB said in a statement after their request was denied.

“With the camps scheduled to open in less than two weeks, it is time to get immediate help from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to help us overcome our differences and break the impasse.

“It is clear that the most productive route would be the involvement of an impartial third party to help bridge the gaps and facilitate an agreement. It is difficult to understand why a party who wants to reach an agreement would reject agency mediation. federal specifically responsible for resolving these disputes, including many successes in professional sports.

“MLB remains committed to bringing solutions to the table and reaching a fair deal for both parties.”

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