MLB Lockdown Conversations Reaches a New Low with a 15-Minute Meeting


Well, that should be the low point, right?

Unless you probably imagine an 8-minute meeting the next time representatives of Major League Baseball players and owners meet?

Thursday provided a beautiful spectacle outside, much less so inside the MLB Players Association headquarters in Manhattan, where the collective bargaining session lasted roughly, only 15 minutes. cruel. like mets Louis Gillorm tweeted“I’m sure I spent more time than this meeting at the bat…”

The scoreboard now reads six meetings, five of them in person, since Rob Manfred shut down players on December 2 – the first, in particular, didn’t happen until January 13 – and the two sides still stand apart, with spring training already delayed, look The idea of ​​holding the opening day on the set March 31st is more ridiculous with every counter-proposal.

If the two don’t listen to each other enough, this last extra month has provided an opportunity for those of us on the outside but on the inside to listen. And it is very clear to this listener what will break this deadlock:

Teams should improve their package on the competitive balance tax. Such a concession may lay the groundwork for the remainder of the Basic Agreement to take effect

As for the owners’ current view of CBT, as the non-cool kids call it, it undermines the rest of their case. It’s the poisoned cake in the middle of the 12-piece box, to steal a hoax that Mr. Burns’ lawyers haven’t allowed to publish on The Simpsons.

The luxury tax (alternative term) didn’t play a significant role on Thursday, which the group of players led by offering a pair of wrinkles: 1) trim their arbitration proposal from awarding the franchise to all players with more than two years of service time to the top 80 percent of 2-3 year category, 20 percent reduction; Accordingly, 2) increase the total bonus performance of pre-arbitration players from $110 million to $115 million and distribute wealth from 30 players to 150 players.

As the owners want to 1) maintain the status quo to award arbitration to the top 22 percent of players aged 2-3 years, an issue they consider a third issue; And 2) put aside $15 million in pre-arbit bonus pool, you can understand why the session was kept as short as I did. MLB Deputy Commissioner Dan Halim paused for another 20 minutes or so to have a candid “side session” with his MLB Players Association counterpart Bruce Meyer. A meeting is scheduled for Friday to discuss non-core economic issues.

Players want credit for dropping 20 percent of something they don’t have, which calls into question how exactly their endeavours are realistic. Fortunately for the owners, there is only one way to challenge that sense of reality, and that brings us back to CBT.

Owners want to raise the luxury tax limit very modestly, from $210 million last year to $222 million by 2026. Worse, they want tax rates to rise significantly (up to 43 percent in some scenarios) and additional penalties , with a club spending more than $40 million over the threshold losing the draft pick in the first round.

Thursday’s MLB closing talks lasted just 15 minutes.
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Simply refer to previous CBA penalties, even with the recurring additional fees that the current clubs offer lacks, and get the minimum $245 million players offer to start the next five-year period, by the latest deal. general. That would erase a great deal of bad will that is currently there.

Throw in $30 million to players before judging under the current judging system, a sweepstakes for the top five anti-tank spots and the idea of ​​a time-of-service rig for players – if you win the Rookie of the Year, you’re a full year warranty of service – along with 14 teams post-season, and you’re on your way to reaching a deal.

With Judgment Day approaching, players offered to meet each day for the next week. Owners have to comply, and they have to give in on CBT, an issue they haven’t identified as immovable and which players consider critical. And if that doesn’t move the needle, well, my goodness, we haven’t gotten very close to the low point yet.


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