MLB’s labor dispute will not be solved in a day and it definitely won’t be solved this Thursday. MLB and the MLBPA met on Thursday to discuss the economic framework of the new CBA. Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, today’s meeting between the two parties went as expected.
Baseball labor update: There is no deal. There never was going to be one today. MLB made a proposal. The reaction among the players was not positive. Few on either side expected it to be. The question is how soon the MLBPA counters. Spring training starting on time is in peril.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 13, 2022
Per previous reports, the meeting between MLB and the MLBP today was called so the league could submit a proposal for the “core-economics” of a potential deal. Apparently, the league’s economic ideas were not well-received by the players’ association.
Now, the onus is on the MLBPA to communicate their counter to MLB’s proposal.
Anyone who follows baseball is well aware that this is a multi-faceted issue. The players want to address service time manipulation and teams intentionally fielding non-competitive teams (i.e. tanking), amongst other topics.
MLB remans dead set against lowering free agency from 6 years to 5. Part of the concern stems from the history of the big stars jumping from smaller markets to big markets when they hit free agency and belief this would hurt competitive balance.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 13, 2022
MLB would like to expand the playoffs and maintain the current CBT (Competitive Balance Tax) system to control costs.
As each day passes, the February 15th spring training start date draws nearer. MLB and the MLBPA are engaged in a multi-billion-dollar game of chicken with much more than just sunny spring days in Arizona and Florida on the line.
Similar to previous CBA negotiations, or really any negotiation, each side believes that they’ll get the better of their opponent as a perceived deadline gets closer. Both parties feel that the longer they wait, the more likely they are to win on key issues.
For the true optimists out there, Dodgers single game spring training tickets are currently available to purchase.
Today’s news is the latest curve in a long, difficult road to the 2022 MLB season.
Baseball fans are hoping the two sides reach their destination sooner, rather than later.