Major League Baseball and the Players Association will return to the bargaining table Tuesday morning for the ninth straight day. The two sides met off and on for over 16 hours Monday night. Both sides made progress Monday enough so that the league pushed its deadline to have an agreement back to Tuesday at 5 p.m.
MLB spokesperson on the league’s new, moved 5 p.m. ET deadline tomorrow: “We want to exhaust every possibility to get a deal done”— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) March 1, 2022
However, a gap between the two sides remains on several key issues. There was movement on the Competitive Balance Tax and a union source told The Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes that the league showed a willingness to get a deal done which is something that has often been absent during this process.
Details about MLB’s proposal/today’s talks— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) March 1, 2022
• MLB still very much wants an international draft, and is proposing it. That would be a major PA give.
• MLB is willing to drop direct draft pick compensation for free agents. Also major.
• MLB is at 5 picks on amateur draft lottery
Another hot button issue is playoff expansion where there is reportedly two proposals on table. One would expand the postseason to 12 teams, but the owners are pushing for a 14-team postseason schedule.
Tuesday’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET and we will be updating this article throughout the day as news becomes available.
JUPITER, Fla. — Day 9. Major League Baseball’s “Deadline Day” (again). The sides are to meet separately at Roger Dean Stadium until about 11 a.m. ET pic.twitter.com/RQaWFqJB8g— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) March 1, 2022
12:20 PM Update - The two sides are still amongst their own groups and have yet to meet face-to-face.
As far as I can tell, the sides have yet to meet yet. Talking amongst themselves.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) March 1, 2022
2:00 p.m. Update - The first set of face-to-face negotiations ends after about 20 minutes.
The first session of the negotiations largely breaks up after 20 minutes.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 1, 2022
2:10 p.m. Update - The union submitted a counter proposal to the league on several key areas.
The players have made a counter proposal to MLB on several key areas, source says. Counter comes after about 2 1/2 hours of calls with players today.— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) March 1, 2022
2:50 p.m. Update - This doesn’t sound particularly good.
The abundance of optimism that prevailed from MLB last night has waned today. Just a little more than 2 hours remain before MLB’s self-imposed 5 p.m deadline.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 1, 2022
Per MLB official: Best offer is coming before 5 EST. Sounds like a take it or leave it.— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) March 1, 2022
Things appear to be heading south.
MLB official: "The MLBPA has a decidedly different tone today and made proposals inconsistent with the prior discussions. We will be making our best offer before the 5 p.m. deadline for the MLBPA that’s a fair deal for players and clubs.” 2/2— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) March 1, 2022
Union source contends that its tone has been consistent since yesterday, that the players are very far apart on key issues such as CBT, thresholds, and the prearb bonus pool. No difference, the union believes, from today to yesterday, in its view.— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) March 1, 2022
3:10 p.m. Update - The players quite naturally are not pleased with the league’s rhetoric.
FWIW MLB has pumped to the media last night & today that there’s momentum toward a deal. Now saying the players tone has changed. So if a deal isn’t done today it’s our fault. This isn’t a coincidence. We’ve had the same tone all along. We just want a fair deal/to play ball.— Alex Wood (@Awood45) March 1, 2022
3:25 p.m. Update - Things are going from bad to worse. The two sides remain far apart in many of the key areas.
MLBPA’s most recent CBT proposal (MLB’s most recent in parenths for comparison):— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) March 1, 2022
2022: $238m (220)
2023: $244m (220)
2024: $250m (220)
2025: $256m (224)
2026: $263m (230)
3:30 p.m. Update - Looks like the final offer is on the way.
And they came out approximately 3 minutes later https://t.co/SEryoSiMwi— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) March 1, 2022
3:45 Update - This is the league’s best and final offer per ESPN’s Jeff Passan
MLB's best-and-final offer:— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 1, 2022
- No changes to CBT thresholds (220/220/220/224/230)
- A $5M increase on pre-arb bonus pool from $25M to $30M
- An increase of minimums from $675K to $700K, moving up $10K/year
4:20 p.m. Update - ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the players have rejected the league’s latest proposal.
BREAKING: MLBPA player leaders agreed unanimously not to accept MLB's final proposal, and there will be no deal on a new collective-bargaining agreement before MLB's 5 p.m. ET deadline, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 1, 2022
MLB has threatened to cancel its March 31 Opening Day without a new deal.
The owners previously said that they would cancel regular season games if a deal wasn’t reached by 5 p.m. Tuesday. The players are now reportedly packing up and leaving so there will be no further negotiations today.
It’s unclear right now when the sides will start negotiating again. Bruce Meyer called Dan Halem to deliver the news that players had rejected the league’s last offer of the day and deadline. Around 30-40 players were on call just now deciding what to do.— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) March 1, 2022