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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

How can the MLB lockout end? Baseball insiders weigh in on potential compromises

What insiders say: These issues are where many believe that the players won’t make as much progress as they’d like. They’ve asked for flexibility on how service time is calculated, particularly for players who get accolades or awards in early season. But that’ll be hard to get through the owners—some executives believe the union should accept the league’s proposal, which gives out extra draft-pick incentives for keeping top prospects on the big league clubs.

With everything else on the line, there’s simply not enough energy to fix the tanking issue in one negotiation—though a payroll-floor CBT-style tax wouldn’t be a bad idea (so far, the league has offered only one along with a significantly-lower CBT ceiling). Small-market teams would never vote for it, though.

The draft lottery is an attempt to disincentivize tanking, but a four-team system isn’t enough according to sources on the players’ side. The union would like to see an eight-team lottery to prevent a race to the bottom of the standings each season.

There isn’t a great, doable avenue to completely avert the tanking cycles without payroll floors and caps. It’s why many believe the players need built-in ways to make money, like the pre-arb pool.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 23, 2022 at 01:30 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: labor issues, luxury tax, service time

Monday, January 24, 2022

MLBPA drops age-based free agency proposal as negotiations on new labor deal continue: Source

The Major League Baseball Players Association dropped its request to introduce an age-based free agency system into the sport on Monday, withdrawing a proposal in one of the three major areas MLB had shown no interest in changing, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Athletic.

That means the amount of service time it takes a player to reach free agency — six years — is most likely going to remain unchanged whenever the sides reach a new deal. The players had previously proposed a system to get some players to free agency after five years if they had reached a certain age: 30 1/2, and then eventually, 29 1/2.

The union also revised its proposal to alter revenue sharing between the teams, another of the three areas MLB has resisted changes toward — and traditionally, a hot-button topic for the owners themselves. Between revenue sharing and free agency, the union feels it made two significant concessions.

The union on Monday also rejected most if not all of what MLB had proposed in the sides’ most recent meeting.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 24, 2022 at 03:23 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: labor issues, service time



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