The latest on CBA negotiations between MLB and Players Association

If you’ve had a keen ear for news about the collective bargaining agreement negotiations between Major League Baseball and its Players’ Association, you’ve mostly heard a mixture of crickets and the vast, eerie quiet of silence.

Not only have the two sides not come close to agreeing on anything, they haven’t even seen each other. That changed a bit today, however, as the two sides met for almost two hours in a round of negotiations that, while not resolving anything concretely, at least started to lessen the attention a bit. Athletic’s Evan Drellich had more details on today’s talks, including that the union began to scale back some of their most notable demands that had obviously been non-starters for MLB.

In addition to removing their request to change the period of service before free agency, the MLBPA also reduced its proposal to significantly reduce revenue sharing, two things that MLB had effectively blocked since talks began. It’s not really a “loss” to the union here, as these were pretty outlandish demands to begin with.

Perhaps more important than those two details is the reality that the two parties plan to meet again tomorrow as well. Consecutive days of legit details are precisely what needs to happen at this point if the idea of ​​full spring training and a season doesn’t start to come into question, so it’s refreshing to see them become a bit less hard and really start negotiating on the subjects that the parties are ready to put on the table.

While I have little hope of a deal being reached any time soon, I anticipate there will be more details on each party’s will in the coming days, and we’ll relay this news when we get it. will have.

Andrew B. Reiter