Any fan who hoped the MLB lockout would end on Sunday had their hopes crushed in less than two hours.
The lockout is not over and doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon.
We’ve already lost the first two series of the 2022 MLB regular season, as a result of the two sides being unable to strike a deal before the deadline last Tuesday.
The players’ proposal yesterday did not provide much hope.
There were a few a concessions made, like allowing the league to implement changes 45 days in advance and bringing their request down $5 million for pre-arbitration bonus pool money.
Their request now sits at $80 million.
But it still wasn’t enough to provide any real sense of hope to avoid losing more games on the schedule.
Was curious if players would go backward on some issues, or move toward owners, with today’s proposal now that games have been canceled by MLB. They remained largely neutral today. Same CBT levels. Moved pre-arb pool to $80m from $85m. More game cancelations seems likely.
— Travis Sawchik (@Travis_Sawchik) March 6, 2022
Will We Lose April?
It’s looking more and more likely that the first two series were not the last games to be wiped off the schedule, and that we may lose the entire month of April.
An agreement seems far out of reach with the two sides miles apart on the issues that are holding up the season, those being CBT thresholds and pre-arbitration bonus pool money.
It’s no secret that there is a decent amount of owners that would rather not play during the month of April, since those games are typically sparsely attended anyway.
But more games lost means more money lost for both sides.
Losing the entire month of April is a distinct possibility as of now, and there’s no way to predict when an agreement will be reached.
If there’s any hope, it would be realistic to assume that a ton of progress could be made between now and the end of the month.