Throughout the week, players have been increasing in number for the negotiations with MLB for a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
Talks are being held at Roger Dean Stadium, in Jupiter, FL.
Players are slowly building a roster in Jupiter.
In fact, there are around 25 on Thursday’s meeting.
The player contingent, about 25 deep, is in the building, and thus begins Day 4 in Florida. Players today are to make a counterproposal.
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) February 24, 2022
MLB analyst Ben Verlander joked about the situation, saying the union is putting together the perfect staff to “get this done.”
By my estimate, the MLBPA side is perfectly set up now to get this done:
Starters: Max Scherzer and Gerrit Cole
Dominant middle relief: Andrew Miller
Closer: Zack Britton
— Ben Verlander (@BenVerlander) February 23, 2022
An Impressive Collection Of Talent To Get A Deal Done
“By my estimate, the MLBPA side is perfectly set up now to get this done: Starters: Max Scherzer and Gerrit Cole. Dominant middle relief: Andrew Miller. Closer: Zack Britton,” he tweeted, and the funny replies started coming.
If players want to add a starter for a hypothetical extra game, it would Lance McCullers, who was present in Thursday meeting.
They also have a sure-handed shortstop in Miami Marlins’ infielder Miguel Rojas.
It’s nice to see players going over there to support the union and present their own takes.
After all, the union, led by Tony Clark, is negotiating on their behalf, and they should be heavily involved.
There is an important contingent of owners, too: per Drellich, Hal Steinbrenner, Dick Monfort, Ron Fowler and Dan Halem are representing the league on Thursday.
It remains to be seen if both sides can get a deal done before Monday, which is the deadline the league imposed on players.
If there is no CBA deal by then, the season starting on time would be a long-shot.