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Players Reject MLB’s “Best and Final” CBA Offer

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I will have a more thoughtful take on what MLB has done to itself later, but for now I wanted to get the news in front of you, because today’s new deadline is going to pass without a deal.

Short version: the optimism of last night was largely manufactured by MLB, and the players did not think the sides were ever really all that close to a deal. The numbers came out today, and sure enough, the sides were NOT close. So, the negotiations went poorly, the owners decided to make a best-and-final, and it was not even close to being accepted. Now we wait for MLB to start cancelling games.

Here was the offer:

The league minimum portion looks reasonable to me, but the bonus pool is almost certainly way too small if the players are giving up their Super Two ask, and the luxury tax thresholds are just a non-starter. They don’t remotely keep up with inflation, let alone revenues:

Also, Rob Manfred is speaking in 15 minutes, so here’s a heads up in advance:


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Author: Brett Taylor

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