Representatives from MLB and the MLBPA met on Sunday in an attempt to get the CBA negotiations back on track. According to a report from ESPN Jesse Rogers, the two sides are still relatively far apart on two key topics – even after Sunday.
Source indicates MLBPA proposal included a $5 million drop in their pre arbitration bonus pool offer today. From $85 mil to $80 mil.
CBT request is still the same. Asking to start at $238 mil, league's last was $220 mil.
— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) March 6, 2022
Jon Heyman indicated that MLB is not likely to agree to the MLBPA’s “CBT request” and that the talks surround the league’s de facto salary cap could be a leading cause for the lockout to continue.
Strong contingent on players side doesn’t want to move their luxury tax (CBT) offer down any further from $238M. If they don’t, the staredown/stalemate may go on awhile. MLB surely has some wiggle room from $220M, but hard to see them going up another 8 percent.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 6, 2022
In addition the CBT and pre-arbitration bonus pool, discussion surround rules changes have suddenly become more prominent in the negotiations.
MLBPA proposal per source:
• Would grant MLB ability to implement 3 specific on-field changes w/45-day notice, starting w/2023 season: pitch clock, larger bases, shift restriction. MLB also wants robo umps w/45-day, players didn’t offer
• Prearb pool starting at $80m, down $5m
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) March 6, 2022
ESPN’s Jesse Rogers and Buster Olney both noted on Saturday how playoff expansion has become a more front-and-center topic during the bargaining sessions.
The latest: MLB talks to resume Sunday; playoffs a hot topic https://t.co/j7oWYCjAFj
— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) March 5, 2022
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