Optimism Fades for MLB Deal
Jasen Vinlove - USA TODAY
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Any optimism from Mondays late-night bargaining session was squashed on Tuesday, as MLB and its players association were unable to strike a deal.
The MLBPA unanimously agreed not to accept the leagues final proposal, and the two sides remained far apart on several core economic issues and couldnt even agree on the tone of Tuesdays meetings.
Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the cancellation of the first week of the 162-game regular season on Tuesday.
MLB told reporters that the MLBPA had a decidedly different tone today and made proposals inconsistent with the previous discussions.
The union disagreed, claiming their stance has been consistent throughout negotiations.
> The MLBPA proposed a minimum salary of $725,000, while the league was at $675,000.
> The union wanted a pre-arbitration bonus pool of $85 million with annual $5 million increases.
> The union is pushing to raise the competitive balance tax threshold to $238 million this year, with increases pushing it to $263 million by 2026.
Take It or Cancel It
MLB made what it characterized as a final best offer around 3:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday. The league had said that regular-season games would have to be canceled if the two sides could not reach an accord by 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
The offer made no change to the competitive-balance tax threshold, which would remain at $220 million through 2024 and then rise to $230 million in 2026. Its arbitration bonus pool grew just $5 million to $30 million, and its minimum salary proposal was $700,000, with an annual $10,000 increase.
The league said on Monday it would be willing to lose a months worth of games.
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