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Despite report, MLB and MLBPA not close to new deal


Amid all the pessimism surrounding the CBA negotiation, there is at least one voice suggesting that a deal could be in sight. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported Saturday morning that the two sides are “within reach” of an agreement and could reach a suitable compromise by Sunday evening. However, MLBTR sources vehemently disagree with Heyman’s report and continue to suggest a deal isn’t done.

Most of the other scuttlebuts, including from Heyman, suggest the players left Saturday’s session upset and unconvinced of the owners’ willingness to negotiate seriously. Meanwhile, despite the hostility, the players have yet to walk away, with another meeting scheduled between the two sides on Sunday at noon.

Heyman suggests the difference could be a luxury tax threshold settlement around $230 million. That would more or less evenly split the rift between the two sides, but that’s not how the negotiations have looked so far. That’s not to mention the many other issues on which the two sides disagree. AT As of last report, the gap between the two was still $31 million for 2022, with players offering a luxury tax line of $245 million and owners against $214 million.

At least one player has decided to participate in the conversation. Zack Breton
replied on Twitter to Heyman’s previous tweet with a very simple and direct, “That’s not accurate.”

Additionally, the prospects of the owners and players being close to a deal has been called “beyond absurd” by a person close to the players, per Ben Nicholson Smith from Sportsnet.ca. Nicholson-Smith adds that players will have to see more than the incremental changes to the collective bargaining tax the owners were proposing on Saturday.




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