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MLB News: League Withdraws Request, Competitive Balance Tax & More



MLB and the MLBPA plan to meet everyday this week to work towards a new CBA. On Monday, the two sides met and predictably did not complete a new CBA. On the bright side, the meeting did last longer than 15 minutes. Which is a marked improvement over recent bargaining sessions.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that MLB backed away from capping the number of minor league players a team is allowed to have under contract. 

The Athletic’s Evan Drellich stated that the league increased it’s proposed pre-arbitration bonus pool. However, MLB’s proposal still isn’t in the same zip code as the MLBPA’s proposal.

One hot topic wasn’t addressed – the competitive balance tax.

MLB’s competitive balance tax was instituted to prevent runaway spending by large market teams. Instead, it’s been treated as a salary cap. As one can imagine, the players detest putting a ceiling on their earning power.

There’s plenty of meat on the bone on a new CBA. If somehow a deal can be reached between MLB and the MLBPA by the end of this week, Opening Day just might start on time.

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