JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — New York Mets pitcher Max Scherzer arrived in a black Porsche and Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole joined talks Wednesday as baseball players and management met for a third straight day in a bid to salvage opening day on March 31.
Free agent pitcher Andrew Miller and Yankees reliever Zack Britton also joined negotiations on the 84th day of the lockout and were alongside Houston wide receiver Jason Castro. These five people are among the eight members of the union’s executive subcommittee, which oversees collective bargaining.
Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor, another member of the subcommittee, was in talks earlier in the week.
Texas infielder Marcus Semien and Boston pitcher James Paxton, the other two members, were not seen during talks at Roger Dean Stadium, the vacant spring training home of the Miami Marlins and Miami Marlins. St. Louis Cardinals.
Britton, Cole, Lindor, Paxton and Scherzer are represented by Scott Boras, baseball’s most powerful agent.
With baseball mired in its ninth and second longest work stoppage, less than a week remains before the sides hit what management says is a Monday deadline for a deal that would see the season to start as planned. Players haven’t said if they’re okay with this delay, and there remains a sense that both sides are waiting for more time pressure to force more major moves from the other.
There was no movement on the biggest issue: luxury tax thresholds and rates.
Teams have told the union they will not reduce revenue sharing or add new methods for players to rack up service time, which players say is needed to prevent teams from holding back players to delay free agency.
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