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MLB, MLBPA still apart on CBT, International Draft, per report (UPDATED)

The hope for a deal between the two sides appears to be waning.

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After a marathon negotiating session that lasted into the early morning hours Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the MLBPA are back at the table. There has apparently been quite a bit of progress made over the last two days, but it appears that there is still one significant stumbling block.

The league is looking to implement an International Draft for 2024 but has tied it to draft pick compensation for free agents. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the draft is a non-starter for Latin players.

Rosenthal adds that the union is still looking for higher CBT thresholds and pre-arbitration bonus pool money but most of the rhetoric today has been about the draft being the last major hurdle.

It is unclear at this moment where things will go from here. The league intended to cancel more regular season games Tuesday but pushed that back to Wednesday after the two sides met late into the night. The league’s deadlines are artificial in many ways, but should talks break off, an announcement of more games being cancelled will likely follow.

The two sides are still reportedly talking so hopefully this is just a momentary setback. We will have more updates as they become available.

UPDATE - The international draft apparently isn’t the only issue remaining between the two sides. The Athletic’s Evan Drellich reports that the union moved closer on the pre-arbitration bonus pool and CBT but a gap remains between the two sides.

For the second week in a row, it appears that the two sides are unable to sustain the momentum of a marathon bargaining session.

Update - ESPN’s Jesse Rogers reports that the league is essentially offering three solutions.

UPDATE - The players are meeting internally to discuss next steps. We should have an answer soon.

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