Players Reportedly Offered Concessions Today to MLB, Sides Will Meet Again Tomorrow (UPDATES)

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Players Reportedly Offered Concessions Today to MLB, Sides Will Meet Again Tomorrow (UPDATES)

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The players and MLB met today to discuss the players’ counteroffer to the owners’ (meh) proposal from about ten days ago, and it remains to be seen how much today moved the needle in the CBA talks. A very small bright spot is that the sides met for over two hours in person, which doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a lot longer than they’ve met on these topics over the past multiple months combined.

Ope, update as I type:

That seems like a very good sign with respect to the timeline and how the players’ offer was received by MLB (maybe it was at least something they feel they can work with? That would be huge). Am I allowing myself to become optimistic? DON’T DO IT, BRETT!!!

As for the particulars, you can bet they will be leaking out over the next several hours/days, but Evan Drellich has a biggie right off the bat:

If the players essentially took free agency off the table, then they’ve just made a significant concession. While getting free agency under six years in some form or fashion was undoubtedly one of their biggest and most unlikely asks, it also felt wholly appropriate given the way the sport has evolved over the last fifteen years. That is to say, I don’t think the players teed it up just to have leverage when they then agreed to take it off the table. That SHOULD move the needle for the owners.

Drellich adds that the players adjusted their request tied to revenue-sharing, but stuck to their request that arbitration begin after two seasons for all players (fair).

More soon.

UPDATE: Here’s a little more on the revenue-sharing change:

UPDATE 2: Jeff Passan makes sure folks know it wasn’t all sunshine and roses:

UPDATE 3: Much more here.

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.