Last week, the MLB Players Association made its second basic economics proposal in collective bargaining discussions with the league, report Evan Drellich and Ken Rosenthal of Athletic. The new proposal contained only minor adjustments to the Palestinian Authority’s first offer, which was made in May.
Drellich and Rosenthal reported in August that MLBPA’s first offering focused on earlier officiating for younger players, but other details about their vision remained scarce. Athletic is now shedding more light on this initial offer, suggesting that an amendment to the draft ordinance, a higher league minimum wage, high luxury tax thresholds, changes to the revenue sharing system and a unspecified change in the way service time is calculated were all included in this opening proposal. The union’s initial proposal also included scenarios in which some players could qualify for free agency without achieving six full years of major league service. It is not clear whether all of these goals remained in the union’s second offer.
Major League Baseball made a counter-offer in August – a drastically different setup that would have included lowered luxury tax thresholds with a salary floor, an age-based system in which players first reach free agency at age 29.5 and an income-based system. pool system to replace the current arbitration structure. Given the huge differences in what is publicly known about each team’s offers, it’s no surprise that MLBPA viewed the league’s offer as a non-starting.
Drellich and Rosenthal also shed some more light on MLB’s first proposal. The league’s proposed salary floor, which was to be set at $ 100 million, was a “soft” floor, with unspecified penalties for teams that do not achieve this score in the annual payroll rather than a mandate. firm to do so. To address player concerns about rebuilding teams, the MLB offer included a provision that would prevent teams from choosing from the top five in the entry draft in three consecutive seasons.
The MLB proposal also included a provision to overhaul the system for teams to acquire international amateur leads, according to Drellich and Rosenthal. Currently, teams are awarded a capped bonus pool each year to recruit amateur players from outside the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. While agreements cannot be formally signed until the player is 16, teams and player representatives often make verbal agreements a year or more in advance. According to Athletic, MLB has offered to replace the current system with an international draft, details of which remain unclear.
The potential for a collectively negotiated international project has long been mentioned. If that were to come to fruition, it is generally expected that the draft will be a separate entity from the current rule 4 draft for the acquisition of domestic amateur talent. An international draft would prevent the potential for verbal agreements in advance for incredibly young players, but it would also obviously restrict the ability of those players to choose their preferred destination.
It is clear that the MLB and MLBPA remain distant on fundamental economic concepts, but Drellich and Rosenthal report that the parties have made progress in ancillary bargaining areas and are scheduled for in-person talks at the CEOs meetings this week. next. The current ACA expires on December 1, and Drellich wrote earlier this week that it is expected that a failed deal on a new ACE by then would result in a lockout and transaction freeze that accompanied. Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark continued to express hope that they will reach an agreement before this point, but the general tenor of the situation appeared to be more pessimistic.