MLB and MLBPA Will Reportedly ACTUALLY HAVE A BARGAINING SESSION on Thursday

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MLB and MLBPA Will Reportedly ACTUALLY HAVE A BARGAINING SESSION on Thursday

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YES, I WILL GLADLY ACCEPT ALL OF YOUR CRUMBS, STEWARDS OF LOCKOUT STATUS QUO!

Collecting myself. That is to say, there is movement at last, for the first time in over 40 days and 40 nights:

Did an adult step up after the recent reporting about core economics proposals that might not come until February? Then we had the update about it coming within two weeks, and now we’ve got a date certain! And it’s relatively soon!

To be sure, I will reiterate what I said last night about what happens when the proposal arrives: it is highly likely to represent only minimal movement, at best, from ownership. They have a recent history of making “new” proposals that amount to rearranging old proposals without, for example, actually moving on the money. So my excitement today is more about the timeline possibly now fitting into a world where Spring Training can happen on time, and less about any kind of deal coming together on Thursday. That just won’t happen.

Ballparking a realistic dream scenario from here? The owners present a proposal that is not acceptable, but at least provides a real response to the many proposals the players offered up last year. A real enough response that the player side can feel justified in engaging in counter proposals next week. If we’re dreaming, we might as well say that hopefully the proposal at least checks SOME of the boxes that have been requested, and narrows the scope of the issues that must be further negotiated (the biggest money issues, probably). Maybe the players send that response by Friday of next week? That’s January 21.

Then you’ll probably have a week or more of things shutting back down because RAWR RAWR EGREGIOUS REQUESTS. Brace yourself for that period now (Brett), because it’s going to suck.

However, from there, we hit February, and it’s possible that the proposals and talks are far enough along that they could bang something out within a week or so, allowing for a combined “offseason” and pre-game Spring Training of a few weeks. Or maybe another week or two – I still tend to think the baseball world needs a couple weeks of “offseason” before they can expect the meat of Spring Training to begin – and all that is lost is a handful of Spring Training games. That’s not nothing, but we’d reached a point where that seemed a certainty in any case.

More soon?


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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.