With spring training scheduled to begin in just over three weeks and parties still far apart on a newly reached labor agreement, Major League Baseball and its players’ union met on Monday and planned to regroup on Tuesday.
Monday’s meeting at the players’ federation office in Manhattan – just the second most important session of negotiations since the lockdown started on December 2 – lasts more than two hours and includes what an MLB official characterizes as a bouncer. The small group includes, among others, union officials, such as lead negotiator Bruce Meyer and top player representatives in Andrew Miller, as well as MLB officials, such as Dick Monfort, owner of the Colorado Rockies and chairman of the union’s labor committee. , and Dan Halem, MLB’s lead negotiator.
During the previous negotiation session, held on January 13, MLB made a proposal to the federation in a virtual meeting that it felt addressed some of the players’ concerns about the young talent of the club. they get paid sooner.
On Monday, the union formally rejected that offer – it did not believe some of MLB’s ideas would accomplish what the union claimed – and put forward a counter-proposal of its own. For the first time, the alliance has dropped bids to allow certain players (those with five years of service) to access free agents based on age (30½ years and then 29) instead of spending. Decade-long standards based on time in service alone. The union has also tweaked its earlier proposal to reduce some of the revenue sharing between teams.
MLB said that allowing players to reach the free agent earlier and change the amount distributed between teams are areas they don’t want to touch.
Overall, the alliance has sought a range of improvements, with the goal of helping younger players, improve competitiveness between teams, limit manipulation of service time and spend more. However, the federation believes the players have a fair system with no salary cap and sees it as a matter of wealth distribution – that the star players command more and more of the others in a way. incommensurate.
As of Monday, both sides believe they have made recent offers that have gone in each other’s direction. How much depends on your point of view. There’s still more work to be done, but the pace of discussion – with the clock ticking at the start of spring training and perhaps the season on time – is picking up.
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