League and players’ association meeting for CBA negotiations

After negotiations between Major League Baseball and the Players Association (MLBPA) failed to result in a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), team owners imposed a lockout that took effect immediately in early December .

It ended what had been an exciting time of free agency and put an end to potential trades, negotiations or any form of contact between players and teams. While not necessary, the MLB lockdown was widely seen as a foregone conclusion.

The league and union remain in serious disagreement on a range of issues, with competitive integrity and a process to become a free agent among the most contentious issues.

Although these are not at the forefront of discussions, MLB and MLBPA are scheduled to meet on Thursday, according to Evan Drellich of The Athletic:

The parties have had some communication since the owners began the lockdown on December 2, and a small in-person meeting is scheduled for Thursday to discuss areas outside of the core economy. There are more than 30 topics in collective bargaining, and not all of them are as contentious as issues like the competitive balance tax or the number of years it takes players to get to arbitration.

Even though the main talking points aren’t on the record, the meeting of MLB and the union is cause for a bit of optimism. Although it will probably take at least another two weeks before the negotiations reach a more serious stage.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said he was mindful of avoiding lost games in spring training or the 2022 regular season, but he also felt a lockdown was necessary.

What can be done during MLB lockdown?

Although trades and signings involving Major League players are prohibited during the lockdown, teams can strike deals with minor leaguers, make changes to the front office and their coaching staff.

For the Dodgers, this could provide ample opportunity to work on a new contract extension for manager Dave Roberts, which president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said was only a matter of time before. to be accepted.

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Andrew B. Reiter