MLB Players Association to make counter-offer for league in Monday session

The Major League Baseball Players Association plans to submit an in-person work proposal to the league on Monday, sources told ESPN, contradicting MLB’s bid last week, which did little to break the deadlock that gripped the sport after the League that had players locked out in December 2.

If the players’ offer hardly advances the negotiations, which have not led to any substantial progress so far, the planned start of spring training in mid-February becomes all the more unlikely. And the longer the discussions about a new collective agreement go on, the more they endanger the opening day on March 31st.

The rift between the players and the league remains significant as the union seeks big financial gains in a number of areas and owners seek to hold on to their current wages. Other issues that players said are still a priority are anti-tanking measures and fixing service time manipulations.

Any concessions players make in their offer could provide a roadmap for negotiations. Ahead of the implementation of the lockdown, the league asked the union to drop three areas of discussion: earlier free reign for players, salary arbitration after two years instead of three, and changes to the revenue-sharing plan. The union didn’t agree to the condition when it was put forward on December 1, and the league walked out of the negotiating table and locked out the players hours later.

Forty-three days later, the league returned to the union with an offer that included paying players with two to three years of service based on a formula, minor changes to the previously proposed draft lottery, and a mechanism to reward teams with draft picks, when top prospects who started on opening day win awards.

The proposal has done little to entice players who, having lost financial ground during the previous contract, are looking to turn a profit this time.

News of the MLBPA’s expected counter-proposal was first reported by The Associated Press

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