After a long stretch of inactivity, Major League Baseball and the Players Association will return to the bargaining table this Thursday according to a report by ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The league is expected to make a core-economics proposal at the session which would be the first since the lockout began on December 2.
Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association plan to hold a bargaining session Thursday, sources tell ESPN. MLB is expected to make a core-economics proposal at the session, which would be the first between the sides since the league locked out the players on Dec. 2.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 11, 2022
Previous reports indicated that the two sides would meet towards the end of the month. So perhaps it is a good sign that they are returning to the table a bit earlier than expected. Both sides remain far apart on the core-economics discussion and I wouldn’t expect that to change during Thursday’s meeting. However, this should spur the union into making a counter proposal and hopefully continued negotiations.
We are just over a month away from the scheduled start of Spring Training. If this drags on into the beginning of next month, then the start date could be in jeopardy.