Major League Baseball officially instituted a lockout at 12:01 AM on Thursday morning when the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement expired at midnight on December 1.Commissioner Rob Manfred made the official announcement. "This defensive lockout was necessary because the Players Association’s vision for Major League Baseball would threaten the ability of most teams to be competitive. It’s simply not a viable option. From the beginning, the MLBPA has been unwilling to move from their starting position, compromise, or collaborate on solutions," he added in a statement. Both sides met several times earlier this week, but were unable to reach a new deal, which has led to baseball's first work stoppage since 1994-95. All major-league transactions, including free agent signings, trades and international free agent signings have been frozen. Stay tuned.
According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, the "reaction among players was not positive" to MLB's latest CBA proposal.The owners made this core economics proposal to the players' union as scheduled on Thursday, but it sounds like the details presented within did not serve to advance the negotiations to any substantial degree. If any degree at all. MLB proposed a higher minimum salary and more money for players with multiple years of service time, per Jon Heyman of Audacy Sports, but the overall offer was seen as "disappointing." Passan writes that the question now is "how soon the MLBPA counters" and adds that "spring training starting on time is in peril." As of this moment, pitchers and catchers are (very tentatively) scheduled to report to camps in Florida and Arizona around the middle of February. Opening Day is, also perhaps tentatively, set for March 31.
Many in the industry believe an agreement needs to be reached by Feb. 1 in order for spring training camps to open on time. The union has prepared a "war chest" in case the lockout lingers. Players will receive $5,000 in the first week of February as well as the first week of March if a deal isn't struck.
The sides next plan to work on a dozen non-core economic issues, in order to end the lockout as soon as the major points are agreed upon.
More ongoing CBA stuff....
MLB indicated for the first time that it is open to a pre-arbitration bonus pool during a labor meeting Tuesday with the players' association, but the sides remain far apart on how much should be distributed, according to sources.www.espn.com
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660 k in nfl but they sign contracts (lawrence got 4/24 mil)and mlb has arbitration which pays according to their performanceThis sounds bad and still sounds like they're miles apart.
770K minimum for rookie players? Does the NFL even do that?