A Second Straight Day of Maybe-Not-Terrible CBA Negotiations? Sounds Like It! (UPDATE)

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A Second Straight Day of Maybe-Not-Terrible CBA Negotiations? Sounds Like It! (UPDATE)

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For the second straight day, representatives for the the players and MLB met to discuss the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the lockout, and for the second straight day it was … not horrible?

Just like yesterday, I don’t want to sugarcoat things: everything that is positive right now is positive only by virtue of how rough things have been/have been expected to be. Thus, any talks that take place where there is even a small bit of movement on substantive economic issues is a good sign.

That seems to have been the case today, with a small bit of movement on substantive economic issues:

There will undoubtedly be more trickling out as the day goes on, so I don’t want to drill down TOO much on the particulars right now. Like the other writers noted, that there was any movement at all is today’s good sign, even if the sides remain very far apart. You have to chip away before you can get close to a deal, so this is all a start.

Open questions: when will other key items like the luxury tax level and its penalties open up? Because that’s perhaps the biggest item of all. And will the sides meet again this week? What are the next steps from here? Is the goal actually even to have a normal Spring Training, or are the sides already resigned to a timeline that has them not reaching a deal until late February at the earliest?

More soon.

UPDATE: Ok, good, good, yes, another meeting this week would be very good, even if not on the core economics, because all that stuff has to be knocked off the list, too:



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.