MLB has, reportedly, made a final offer to the Players Association on Tuesday afternoon.
Players didn’t like it, and according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network and Audacy, are expected to reject it.
“Sources: Players are expected to vote no on the “best and final” MLB proposal,” Heyman tweeted.
Sources: Players are expected to vote no on the “best and final” MLB proposal
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 1, 2022
According to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, the league is offering the union an increase of the minimum salary to $700,000, but the players want at least $775,000.
There is also a $55 million gap in the bonus pool for the pre-arbitration players who earn additional money by performance.
Janes indicates that the league’s offered CBT thresholds remain the same: $220M, $220M, $220M, $224M, $230M (2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026).
The Union Can’t Accept The League’s Latest Offer
The Players Association can’t agree to any of those three proposed amounts, especially if they are going to spoil the owners with the 12-team expanded playoffs.
If players indeed vote no on the league’s proposal, it’s hard to imagine the 2022 regular season starting on time and 162 games being played.
MLB said a few days ago that the deadline to reach a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) before compromising regular season games was yesterday, but the sides agreed to extend it a few more hours, to Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET.
With the players rejecting their “best and final” offer, the future of the CBA deal and the 2022 is, once again, a mystery.
Meetings most certainly won’t continue at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter FL, for starters, and more spring training games could be cancelled in no time.
Fans are the ones losing the most: some of them were extremely optimistic entering today.
It appears, barring a last minute miracle, that there will be no CBA deal as of now.