The MLB lockout continues after negotiations failed in Jupiter on Tuesday.
As a result of no deal being reached, Opening Day has been pushed back a week, and the first two series of the 2022 regular season have been cancelled.
The league does not plan on rescheduling these lost games.
The lockout may last a while longer, potentially threatening even more games on the 2022 schedule.
But there is a glimmer of hope.
According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, the two sides are going to meet again today in New York.
It will be a smaller meeting, only consisting of the two sides’ lead negotiators: Bruce Meyer for the Players Association, and Dan Halenmfor the league.
There are plans for an informal one-on-one meeting between MLB’s Dan Halem and the MLBPA’s Bruce Meyer, the lead negotiators for both parties, in New York today, the first between the sides since the league canceled the first week of regular-season games on Tuesday afternoon.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 3, 2022
A Good Sign
Despite what some may think, there was quite a bit of progress made in Jupiter, specifically on Monday night, so there is hope that something could come out of this meeting between Meyer and Halem.
It’s good that the two sides are in fact still talking, especially only after a one-day layoff.
Now, there seems to be a little more urgency to get something done and get baseball back in action soon.
The Remaining Obstacles
There are still some hoops to jump through, most notably the CBT threshold and the pre-arbitration bonus pool money.
However, Jesse Rogers of ESPN believes that these are really the only two big hurdles that are still standing in the way of an agreement, and that if these two issues are resolved, a deal will get done.
Spring training games will not begin until March 12 at the earliest, but the sooner a deal is hammered out, the sooner we will finally have a chance to see some baseball.