Although many went to bed Monday night/early Tuesday morning with some optimism that the Major League Baseball season would start on time, it looks like there won’t be a deal. The parties agreed around 3:00 a.m. to extend the MLB-imposed deadline of Feb. 28 to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday. With this deadline imposed on both parties, it seems that there will be no agreement.
Right now, the cancellation of Opening Day is just that, a “threat,” though it’s hard to conceive that a deal will be done in time for baseball.
Both sides estimate that around four weeks of spring training would be needed for the players to properly prepare for the new season. After spring training was halted in 2020, players had about three weeks to prepare. It was deemed insufficient.
The MLBPA said it would hold a press conference at a time to be determined Tuesday night.