MLB and union meet before deadline to save 162-game season


Negotiators for locked out players and Major League Baseball held a morning negotiating session ahead of Commissioner Rob Manfred’s deadline for a deal that would preserve a 162-game season

NEW YORK — Negotiators for locked-out players and Major League Baseball held a morning negotiating session ahead of Commissioner Rob Manfred’s Tuesday deadline for a deal that would preserve a 162-game season.

Chief union negotiator Bruce Meyer and General Counsel Ian Penny led a negotiating team that left the MLB office shortly after 11 a.m. and returned to the players’ association, about three blocks away.

On the 97th day of baseball’s second-longest work stoppage, the teams met in person for the third day in a row. The parties planned to meet or talk later in the day.

MLB told the union that Tuesday was the last possible day to reach an agreement that would allow for a 162-game schedule, along with full pay and time on duty, a deadline first reported by The Athletic.

The luxury tax, the amount of the new bonus pool for players eligible for pre-arbitration and minimum wages are among the main issues.

MLB on Monday offered to raise the threshold for this year from its previous proposal of $220 million to $228 million, with some trade-offs, a person familiar with the negotiations said, confirming a move first reported by The Athletic. The syndicate started the week at $238 million,

The union came in Monday asking for an $80 million bonus pool for this year and MLB was down to $30 million. MLB offered a minimum wage of $700,000 and the union demanded $725,000.

There were bigger differences in the final four seasons of the proposed five-year deal.

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