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MLB lockdown could delay spring training

Players sought a series of improvements: getting faster compensation for younger players, creating ways for players to access salary arbitration and free agency earlier, raising tax thresholds for the luxury (from $ 210 million to $ 245 million), cut revenue sharing by $ 100 million, reduce handling service time, and force teams to be more competitive through a handful of measures, including changes in the amateur draft (a draft lottery for the top eight picks).

The owners, however, believe baseball players have the best deal in professional sports – the MLB is the only one of North America’s Big Four professional leagues that doesn’t have a salary cap. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred drew some of the league’s lines in the sand last month, saying there would be no change in revenue sharing or the time it takes a player to achieve free agency. He also called the union’s demands “collectively the most extreme set of proposals in their history.”

Among the past MLB proposals, some of which have been rejected by the union: a payroll floor for clubs ($ 100 million) as well as a lower luxury tax threshold ($ 180 million) – or more modest increases in the luxury tax threshold (from $ 214 million) without soil but with more severe penalties for exceeding; the elimination of compensation for draft picks, which penalizes teams for recruiting the best free agents; an overhaul of the salary arbitration system; Lower increases in league minimum wages and the creation of free agency based on age (29.5) instead of service time (six).

(There was common ground between the parties on issues like a universal designated hitter and the extended playoffs, although the MLB offered a 14-team format and the union asked for 12.)

During the lockout, the parties met twice before Thursday, but those meetings were aimed at discussing issues outside of key economic barriers. The ABCs are a big document that governs everything in sport – from season length to squad size to domestic violence policy and economic structure – so there are a lot of points to consider. get along.

Transactions often arise when deadlines are approaching. MLB and the players have already passed the CBA’s December 1 expiration. The next pressure point is mid-February, when pitchers and receivers are expected to report to camp in Arizona and Florida.

The players don’t miss any paychecks during the offseason, nor would they in spring training, when they are receiving allowances. The paychecks start when the regular season does. During the lockout, there is supposed to be no contact between team officials and players, and players are not allowed into club facilities. Hundreds of free players still haven’t signed, including stars like Freddie Freeman and Carlos Correa.

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