MLB, MLBPA Conclude Monday's Labor Negotiations; Talks to Continue Tuesday

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February 21, 2022

According to Evan Drellich of The Athletic, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have concluded Monday’s negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, with no deal being made.

The two sides met twice, with talks extending into the early evening. Executive Director of the MLB players union Tony Clark, was present during the negotiations – a potential sign of urgency to strike an agreement with Opening Day just over a month away.

Drellich notes MLB inched slightly towards some of the players’ demands, including raising the pre-arbitration bonus pool from $5 million to $20 million – although a significant gap remains on this issue, with the union reportedly asking for $115 million. MLB also increased their initial proposal of three lottery-eligible teams to four, while the union is seeking eight.

The work stoppage has already forced the league to postpone spring training games through March 5 at the earliest.

Talks are expected to continue Tuesday and throughout the week.

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