Once again, after MLB set a “deadline” to avoid cancelling games, that so-called “deadline” was not met and instead was extended another day.
Last night was a long night for MLB and the MLBPA, who worked tirelessly until midnight on the east coast to try and hammer out the next CBA.
Progress was made, but not enough to strike a deal.
Each side exchanged proposals with several compromises being made in the progress.
MLBPA is set to make the next proposal this morning after they meet with MLB’s board
At the moment, more games have yet to be cancelled, but if today’s deadline isn’t met, then more games will be taken off the schedule.
MLB official says the Players Association requested to speak to its board again early tomorrow before coming back with a proposal, and the PA will be getting back to MLB tomorrow morning. So, to be clear, MLB is not canceling games at this moment right now.
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It’s now up to the MLBPA to make certain that they get themselves a fair deal, as they prepare to present their offer to the league.
We’re in the same position this week that we were in last week, with the soft deadline put in place by the owners not being met and now being pushed back.
The good thing is that there was at least enough progress to push back the deadline and get the two sides closer to the middle after a long and arduous night of negotiating.
However, the entire baseball world felt last week as if a breakthrough was coming, which of course it did not, and Commissioner Rob Manfred then chose to cancel the first two series of the regular season.
This looks to be the last shot at preserving a full 162-game season.
The two sides will be negotiating constantly today, as they were last night, in hopes that a new CBA can finally be put in place and the lockout can be settled.