Representatives from Major League Baseball and the Players Association met again Tuesday at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. Like Monday, several players were on hand for the meetings which began with each side caucusing before coming together for at least two face-to-face sessions. The meeting ended at just after 4 p.m. ET.
The Athletic’s Evan Drellich reports that the union’s proposal included some slight tweaks similar to what the league proposed on Monday. The union went from 80 percent to 75 percent on Super 2 request and also dropped from eight to seven in the proposed draft lottery. They also included a slight bump in minimum salary.
Included in MLBPA’s offer today:— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) February 22, 2022
• Instead of 80 percent of players w/2-3 yrs of service being eligible for arbitration, now 75 percent.
• Dropped from 8 picks in the amateur draft lottery 7.
• Some increases in minimum salary.
There was no new proposal on CBT.
Drellich also reports that the second meeting on Tuesday was a smaller group session involving MLB lead negotiator Dan Halem and Rockies owner Dick Monfort and MLBPA lead negotiator Bruce Meyer and executive subcommittee member Max Scherzer.
The second meeting between MLB and the MLBPA today was a smaller group meeting, two to a side: lead negotiator Dan Halem and Rockies owner Dick Monfort for the owners; lead negoatior Bruce Meyer and executive subcommittee member Max Scherzer for the players.— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) February 22, 2022
Both sides are scheduled to meet again on Wednesday and while they are talking, no real progress has been made over the first two days of meetings this week. Neither side has made a proposal concerning the Competitive Balance Tax which is one of the biggest issues the two sides are facing. That is a major issue that is going to have to be tackled before any path to a deal will materialize. For now, there has just been incremental movement by both sides and we don’t appear to be any closer to a deal as the clock continues to tick.
UPDATE - Per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, the league again asked for a mediator but the union rejected the request.
League asked for a mediator again. Union rejected— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) February 22, 2022
UPDATE - As expected, the league was not impressed with today’s proposal from the players. They also declared the Super 2 issue as a non-starter. If you declare everything a non-starter, is there actually a negotiation?
The league was, wait for it, underwhelmed today. Not thrilled the union went backwards on minimum and the Super 2 issue is a non starter for them.— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) February 22, 2022