MLB and the Players Association will meet again on Monday, hoping to push forward a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), and a certain Cincinnati Reds player remains hopeful.
The teams are far apart at the moment, but league officials estimate they have around a week to work out a deal until the start of the season has to be delayed.
Fans are eagerly awaiting a resolution as they don’t know if they will be able to watch baseball this year.
The players, however, are also hopeful the negotiations can result in a new deal so everyone can officially focus on the 2022 MLB season.
Many players have trained alone, but it’s not the same as doing it with their teammates and at their team’s facilities.
Due to the lockdown, players cannot use their club’s facilities for training or rehabilitation.
A significant percentage of players, unlike owners, need a season to support themselves and their families.
If they don’t play, they don’t get paid, and while they can still explore other leagues during an MLB lockout, it’s not the same.
India must play and keep evolving
One of the players praying for a quick deal in talks this week is Reds infielder Jonathan India.
India tweeted the words “play ball” with a praying emoji.
Play ball… 🙏🏼
—Jonathan India (@JonathanIndia) February 21, 2022
The reigning 2021 National League Rookie of the Year just completed his first year of MLB service and will do the league’s minimum.
He could be part of a group of outstanding performance players who receive a bonus based on his finish in Wins Above Replacement (WAR).
He needs the union to negotiate a good deal for young major league players, but more importantly, he needs to play to keep his career curve up and receive his payout.
Both MLB and MLBPA are hoping this week can be a successful one when it comes to trading sessions.