After months of acrimony and deadlock, MLB and the MLBPA finally made significant strides towards a new CBA in the last 24 hours. Monday was the original deadline the league had previously set as the last day a deal could get done to preserve the full 162-game regular season.
A deal wasn’t completed after 16-plus hours of negotiating that went into the early morning of Tuesday, but there’s a significant optimism that a deal can consummated. Meaning, a a 162-game MLB regular season is still a possibility.
The new deadline is 5PM EST today.
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
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported on what’s been resolved and what issues remain.
The two sides have reached agreement on a 12-team playoff pool but still are apart on the luxury tax threshold ($220 million) minimum salary($675,000) and pre-arbitration bonus pool ($25 million). They will meet again in the morning with 5 pm deadline
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 1, 2022
The miracle needed to save Opening Day didn’t happen on Monday, or the first hours of Tuesday, but the finish line is closer than ever after a momentous 16 hours.
Based on multiple reports, there is a very real possibility that a new CBA could be completed before the deadline.
We will continue to publish information as it becomes available on the CBA situation throughout the day.
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