Friday, May 20

Is Major League Opening Day in danger? This is the counteroffer of the players

Players Guild Negotiators and the Big leagues They were scheduled to meet in person for the first time since Dec. 1, the day baseball’s first shutdown began since 1995.

The players plan to make a counteroffer to the owners, 11 days after the teams submitted a proposal to the union when negotiations resumed after a 42-day break.

There is little room for maneuver to reach an agreement and thus be able to start spring training on time, on February 16.

The first day of the regular season, March 31, is also at risk, because the players would first have to report to their teams, submit to the COVID-19 and complete at least three weeks of practice, including a certain number of exhibition games.

Players will not be paid until the start of the regular season and owners receive a minimum percentage of earnings during the winter break. These factors favor the conditions for little progress in the negotiations. The pressure would be felt in mid-February, when economic losses are imminent.

The ninth work stoppage of the Big leagues began on December 2, immediately after the expiration of a collective agreement that had been in force for five years.

Dissatisfied that salaries fell 4% to 2015 levels, players are calling for significant changes in free agency and salary arbitration.

The bosses do not want to give up anything in terms of free agency, salary arbitration or profit redistribution, but they presented the most recent offer in search of reactivating the negotiations.

Since 1976, the Big leagues Six years of service are required for a player to declare himself a free agent. Since 2013, eligibility for salary arbitration has been three seasons.

MLB proposed to replace the “Super Twos”, the top 22% of those with at least two seasons of service but fewer than three with additional spending for the entire two plus class based on performance.

Players also want revenue sharing reduced, which would take money away from small-seater teams and allow larger-seater clubs to retain a larger percentage of cash, which would be spent on salaries.

The ceiling for the luxury tax was 210 million dollars in 2021 and MLB proposed to increase the limit to 214 million. Players have asked to increase the limit to 245 million and eliminate untaxed penalties.

The teams also want to increase the number of clubs in the postseason from 10 to 14. Instead, the players offer 12.

Both sides have offered to hold a draft lottery to encourage competition, but differ on how many teams to include.

In the most recent proposal, the teams offered to address the union’s concerns about the manipulation of service time by clubs.