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MLB News: League and MLBPA Making Positive Progress in CBA Negotiations



It only took the better part of nine weeks, but there’s finally some positive news regarding MLB’s CBA negotiations. MLB and the MLBPA met today so the MLBPA could present their counter offer to the league’s most recent CBA proposal. According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the two sides actually agreed on something for the first time in a long time.

Nightengale reported that the MLBPA has relented on their repeated proposals to adjust the required amount service time needed to become a free agent. The other progress was related to revenue sharing. Which, as you can imagine, is a hot button issue for both MLB and the MLBPA.

The revenue sharing conversation is also connected to the MLBPA’s concerns that owners are intentionally fielding non-competitive teams. Some teams, looking at you Baltimore Orioles, are receiving substantial revenue sharing payments and still grossly underspending in comparison to the rest of the league.

For context, the Orioles had the lowest payroll in MLB ($42.4M) in 2021 and won just 52 games. The league average payroll was $127.7M.

At the moment, it’s unclear what impact the MLBPA’s concessions will have in regards to a new labor deal.

Both sides still have a long road to hoe to come to terms on a new CBA. Compensation for younger players and service time manipulation are both lingering issues the MLBPA and MLB will need to see eye-to-eye on.

At the very least, the two sides have reached a middle ground on something.

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  1. About time. It should be a major push by both sides to get this done. My wife and I went to an Astro Brave playoff game and spent $200 for tickets and 40? for parking. Plus our snacks and sodas. Granted it was a playoff game, but still. They are pricing a lot of people out. Let’s get a deal, but one that leaves ticket prices and amenities alone. Moved from Illinois to Texas when I retired last year. Sure like to see a few games and root for the other team this year.