MLB unlikely to agree on major sticking point


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One of the biggest stumbling blocks in the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) negotiations between MLB and the Players Association is the bonus pool for outstanding young players.

In recent weeks, MLB and the union agreed that young players with 0-3 years of service (pre-arbitration, manufacturing close to league minimum) should be paid based on their performance. .

That’s why they came up with a solution: Wins Above Replacement (WAR) rankings would determine which pre-arbitration players deserved more compensation on top of their league minimum salary.

Now this is where the situation gets murky: owners and players are far from reaching an agreement on the details of this proposed system.

The league wants one thing, and the players want a totally different scenario.

Even Drellich of The Athletic explains the situation via Twitter: “The parties plan to meet again tomorrow. On MLB’s pre-arbitration bonus pool: The $20 million would go to 30 players. Union’s latest proposal distributed it to 150 players (at $115 million),” he said.

The sides are too far apart

MLB improved its offer from $15 million to $20 million in yesterday’s trading session, but the players are set at $115 million.

It’s basically because the union wants to pay more players with more money.

If the league’s will were enforced this time around, WAR’s top 30 players would split $20 million.

According to the players’ proposal, 150 pre-arbitration players would split $115 million.

That’s a huge gap, and the odds of either side narrowing it significantly aren’t particularly good: in the space of several weeks, the league has gone from $10 million to $20 million.

Since this is about money (like most other ongoing issues), expecting a resolution in a few days is foolish.




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