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MLB Labor talks resume Day 2 without spring training

through: RONALD BLUM, Associated Press

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NEW YORK (AP) — On what was supposed to be the second day of spring training, negotiations to end the Major League Baseball lockout resumed Thursday at the players’ association office. The meeting lasted about 15 minutes.

A three-man MLB delegation led by Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem arrived shortly before 1 p.m. for just the sixth session of negotiations on the basic economy since baseball’s ninth work stoppage began Dec. 2.

The union intended to respond to the new management proposals made last Saturday.

Baseball’s first stoppage since 1995 was on its 78th day. Exhibition games are unlikely to start as scheduled on February 26, and the opening day of March 31 will soon be in jeopardy. Given the need for 21-28 days of training and additional time to report and follow COVID-19 protocols, agreement by late February or early March is needed for a timely start.

Players and owners remain far apart on the thresholds and the luxury tax rate. They have major differences on revenue sharing and how to respond to player allegations of service time manipulation.

MLB said it remains opposed to any increases in salary arbitration eligibility or reductions in revenue sharing.

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