The Heavily-Anticipated CBA Offer from MLB Features Very Small Movement on a Handful of Issues

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The Heavily-Anticipated CBA Offer from MLB Features Very Small Movement on a Handful of Issues

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I’m trying so hard not to be reactionary, because we know that the immediate aftermath of these trickling-out-details situations often wind up looking far different from how they look in the moment. But, my gut says: today wasn’t good enough. And although there was no formal announcement yet, you can safely assume Spring Training won’t start next week.

As you know, representatives for MLB and the MLBPA met today for the owners to unveil their latest offer on the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Given the lack of movement to this point, and the timelines ahead, it is my opinion that without substantial movement today, Opening Day is going to become highly unlikely.

The early chatter on the offer – just their second offer in 73 days(!) of the lockout – does not seem to suggest substantial movement by the owners.

Instead, what you see out there is that the owners moved their position on a lot of issues, but only a very tiny amount on each. Consider some of these offer tidbits – the luxury tax portion is particularly problematic in how little movement there was (it’s a salary cap – the owners are trying to create a salary cap that is even firmer than the soft cap that the current luxury tax already created). There is also no mention of changes to revenue sharing or arbitration, which are two of the biggest items for the union.

Here are some of the details out there:

So you’ve got very small movement on minimum salary, pre-arbitration pool, and luxury tax. From what we can see so far, this is just not a substantial move by the owners, and it is not likely to cause the players to make a similarly substantial move in a near-term counter-proposal. This is far more likely to lead to more heels digging in, and it now very hard for me to see how a deal comes together in 10-14 days, which would be necessary to keep Opening Day on March 31.

But, I’ll take a breath. We’ll see if there are some other particulars that haven’t been reported yet that somehow make the offer seem better. The tweets out there that are checking the pulse on the player reactions are not good, as you’d expect (though I’ll preach caution there, because the players and their MLBPA reps are not just one person – they may have slightly different reactions from each other).



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.