The MLB lockout has been long and arduous, with each negotiating session being extremely heated and progress being minimal, at least until now.
Many players and fans believe that the lockout did not need to happen in the first place, and that the two sides could have simply continued to operate under the old CBA until a new one was put in place.
As a result of the lockout, players’ paychecks were suspended.
But pitcher Noah Syndergaard has a fascinating theory about the lockout and how it could be resolved quickly and decisively, if only one thing in particular took place.
Bet if you cut off their paychecks until baseball resumes, deal gets done tomorrow. https://t.co/T5mJOO0KI8
— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) February 28, 2022
Would This Work?
Syndergaard brings up a good point here.
If the owners’ paychecks were simply cut off, then that would spur negotiations and light a fire of sorts under the owners.
The owners would then be forced to make some more compromises, which would bring the two sides closer to the middle, and closer to finally reaching a deal that would end what is already the longest lockout the sport has ever been through in its many years.
The good thing is the two sides appear to have made significant progress last night after meeting for around 13 hours.
If the two sides continue at that pace and make more concessions, then we could have a deal as soon as today and the lockout would finally be over, meaning free agency would come back with a bang, with a two-week period like we’ve never seen before in any MLB offseason.
Though there was significant progress, there is still a deadline in place, which is 5 p.m. ET.
If that deadline is met, then there will be no need to cancel any regular season games and the season could start as originally planned.