Major League Baseball’s Unsuccessful First Steps
Major League Baseball has tried to get closer to the Players Association by making a first proposal since the lockout announced on December 2, Thursday.
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According to the ESPN network, no agreement was reached between the two parties, who had not established any contact in more than a month. The reaction of the players to this proposal would not be positive.
Owners and athletes cultivate economic disputes, particularly over the wages of the youngest and the autonomy of the players. The MLB Network reports that majorball would have raised the minimum wage and certain arbitration conditions in its most recent offer.
This would increase from $ 570,500 to $ 600,000 before increasing again in 2023. The years of service before autonomy would go from six to five and Major League Baseball would have shown good faith by granting more money to players who have more than two years of experience.
The main reluctance of the players in relation to this proposal would however be linked to the “luxury tax”, which penalizes teams whose payroll is greater than the allowable limit. No such modification would have been made by the owners.
Among other major differences that have led to this ninth labor dispute in major league history, the first since 1994, the playoff format is also one of the most controversial. Commissioner Rob Manfred mentioned in December that negotiations for a new collective agreement had stumbled over a dozen economic issues.
Major baseball’s spring training camps could soon be affected by the lockout. The Grapefruit League and Cactus League, in Florida and Arizona, respectively, typically begin operations in mid-February. The regular season kicks off at the beginning of April.