Report: Union unimpressed with MLB's latest proposal
The MLBPA was unimpressed with MLB's latest offer after a meeting Saturday as the two sides attempt to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement amid a lockout, according to Joon Lee of ESPN.
The talks lasted less than an hour and a deal wasn't reached, reports Lee.
MLB's 130-page proposal included getting rid of a draft-pick penalty for going over the competitive balance tax threshold and a small increase to the limit in years three to five, according to Jesse Rogers of ESPN.
The league plans to raise the minimum salary for players with two-plus years of service from $700k to $725K, or offered the union a floor of $630K for first-year players with the old CBA's system, reports Rogers. The proposal also raised the pre-arbitration pool to $15 million from $10 million.
MLB offered teams a chance to receive two draft picks if a star prospect stays in the majors and finishes as a finalist for awards in multiple years as a way to negate service-time manipulation, according to Rogers.
Although Saturday's meeting didn't appear to go well, two MLBPA representatives said the league's proposal isn't "as (terrible) as most expected," reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday that he's optimistic the 2022 campaign will get going on time despite the work stoppage. He also said missing regular-season games would be a "disastrous outcome."
Spring training is supposed to get started this week. However, a formal announcement from the league about a delay might not happen: