MLB, union negotiators meet after games canceled

Two days after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred canceled the first two regular-season series, the league and the union are meeting for an informal meeting on Thursday, the Post’s Joel Sherman confirmed.

Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem and union negotiator Bruce Meyer planned to meet one-on-one in New York. The two sides are trying to lower the temperature by meeting only with key negotiators without disclosing the exact time and location of their meeting, according to Sherman. Halem and Meyer will try to figure out when the next meeting is and where the two sides are.

Manfred called off the games after the two sides failed to reach a new collective bargaining agreement by Tuesday’s 5 p.m. deadline set by the league for a full season to be played. The MLBPA rejected what was described as the league’s “best” offer after nine days of negotiations in Jupiter, Florida.

MLB Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem (right) and union negotiator Bruce Meyer (left) were scheduled to meet Thursday.
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One of the biggest hurdles to cross is the luxury tax threshold. The union is seeking a $238 million threshold for 2022, rising to $263 million by 2026, while the league has proposed a $220 million threshold for this year, only hitting $230 million. 2026.

New York Post

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