After Saturday’s talks ended badly, the expectation that anything good would come from Sunday’s meeting between MLB and the Players Association was low. However, the two sides met off and on for over six hours Sunday and came away with what was later described as a “productive day.” That was the seventh straight day of face-to-face negotiations and leading into Sunday, each day had ended with multiple reports and details of proposals that had been made.
That didn’t happen following Sunday’s negotiations as both sides reportedly discussed multiple “hypotheticals” and chose to keep the details private. A league official called the talks productive but opted not to discuss any further. A union source confirmed that the conversations were good but that they are still a long way from an agreement. Talks will resume at 10 a.m. ET Monday, which is the owner’s stated deadline to get a deal finished.
It is unknown if there is a path to a deal or if one will be reached on Monday, but it is the most positive news we have seen on this front since the lockout began. If anything we can go into Monday with some hope.
- The New York Mets announced that they have hired Elizabeth Benn to be their director of Major League operations. Benn becomes the highest-ranking woman baseball ops employee in franchise history.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers and manager Dave Roberts are reportedly discussing a contract extension. Roberts is entering the final year of his current deal.
- Cubs assistant GM Jeff Greenberg is reportedly one of three finalists to be the next GM of the Chicago Blackhawks.
- A ticket stub from Jackie Robinson’s debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 sold for a record $480,000 at auction.