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Little progress in talks with MLB, spring training likely delayed

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred makes remarks during a press conference at the MLB Baseball Owners Meetings, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.  employment contract which allows the opening day as planned on March 31st.  (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred makes remarks during a press conference at the MLB Baseball Owners Meetings, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. employment contract which allows the opening day as planned on March 31st. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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Baseball negotiations lasted an hour on Saturday when Major League Baseball made a new proposal that attorneys for the locked-out players said had only minor movement.

Major League Baseball has waived the penalty for a third-round amateur draft pick for exceeding the luxury tax threshold.

Management stuck to its plan to increase the threshold from $210 million to $214 million in 2022 and 2023. Baseball increased its proposed threshold to $216 million in 2024, followed by $218 million and $222 million. dollars over the last two years of its proposal.

Bruce Meyer, the union’s chief negotiator, arrived at the Major League Baseball office with two staff attorneys for the meeting just four days before the scheduled start of spring training practices.

It was only the fifth session of negotiations on the basic economy since the ninth work stoppage in baseball history began on Dec. 2, after a five-year labor contract expired.

The clubs have made a 130-page bid which they hope could be the structure for a possible memorandum of understanding.

MLB also proposed raising the minimum wage from $570,500 to $630,000 or alternatively a staggered minimum of $615,000 for initial major leaguers, $650,000 for players with one year of service and $725,000 for those with two years – the latter an increase of $700,000 in the previous proposal.

MLB also offered to increase the pre-arbitration bonus pool from $10 million to $15 million. The syndicate is at $100 million.

To address union allegations of service time manipulation, MLB proposed awarding two draft picks — one amateur, one international — for rookie achievements, instead of one. The union opposes an international project.

Additionally, to accommodate roster turnover, MLB proposed a limit of five optional player assignments to the minor leagues each season.

The clubs have also offered to guarantee a drafted amateur who participates in the pre-draft physical program a contract for at least 75% of the slot’s value, with a stipulation that a player who passes a pre-draft physical cannot be recalibrated for his post-draft physique. . This would address the Mets’ decision not to sign Kumar Rocker going forward.

MLB estimated its offer on the minimum and pre-bonus pool was $200 million more for players over five years than the previous deal.

The players’ lawyers said they plan to discuss the offer with the union’s executive board.

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