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BA: Sources: MLB Views Newest Minor League Proposal As ‘Major Step Backwards’

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While the full details of the proposal are not yet clear, the proposal included preservation of Minor League Baseball’s independence with a slimmed-down version of the current league offices in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Supporters of the switch in negotiating teams saw the new proposal as a way to potentially shake loose what have been slow-moving talks. Instead, the move is more likely to slow any progress that had been made.

According to sources close to the negotiations, the new proposal is viewed by Major League Baseball as a major step backward in attempts to complete a deal, as it harkens back to concepts that had been fleshed out a year ago.

MLB has communicated to MiLB that switching negotiating teams just 56 days before the current Professional Baseball Agreement expires on Sept. 30 is seen as adding significant complications to efforts to get a deal done.

Adding to the complications, a number of MiLB owners have directly told MLB that the new negotiating team does not represent their interests.

The two sides have not held any formal, face-to-face talks since April 22, but there have been a number of informal discussions since. Before the switch in negotiating committees, progress appeared to be made on the conceptual framework of a deal. While many details needed to be put to paper, which can always cause issues in negotiations, MLB and MiLB’s negotiating teams appeared to have reached understandings on the needs and desires of both sides.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2020 at 10:33 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: August 07, 2020 at 06:01 PM (#5968361)
Why does Primer link to articles that most of its readership can't access?
   2. Walt Davis Posted: August 07, 2020 at 08:22 PM (#5968378)
To start a discussion. Linking to paywall material and not providing an excerpt usually doesn't work but given we rarely bother to read the linked article anyway, not being able to access it doesn't mean we can't discuss it. Also sometimes just to keep us updated on recent developments -- the minor-league restructure has generated a reasonable amount of discussion here so it's interesting that it's hit a snag. Still, sure, ideally we'd all be able to access the article -- if you're aware of a public access source for the info, please post.

To be clear, I complain about paywall links at times too. But providing the excerpt is Retro's main responsibility to generate discussion. Plus I try to remember to not complain when folks have gone to the trouble, especially since I'm usually too lazy to.
   3. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: August 10, 2020 at 09:18 AM (#5968742)
Which is a good reason, imo.

In general, I'm sympathetic to MiLB over MLB in these negotiations - but this move (and more generally what seems like an effort to empower O'Connor/the MiLB office versus help affiliate owners) seems like largely a non-starter at best.

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