Lead Negotiators for MLB and the MLBPA Will Be Meeting Today (UPDATE)

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Lead Negotiators for MLB and the MLBPA Will Be Meeting Today (UPDATE)

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Just to keep you apprised of what’s happening on the negotiation front, what with MLB having cancelled the first two series of the year, but obligated to keep working toward a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. I tend to think, based on messages from the teams and the amount of games cancelled so far, a deal would have to be reached by about Sunday night in order for no more games to be cancelled.

To that end, this is about what I expected for today – a meeting to set up some meetings this weekend, hopefully:

I wouldn’t expect any MOVEMENT today. Just a framework for discussions on how to even try to start bridging the remaining gap without additional hostility.

Your big caution on any of this, though, is that all signs point to MLB and ownership being perfectly happy and willing to cancel most of April before getting really serious about making a deal. Heck, there’s a reason MLB likely threatened exactly that a week ago. Thus, I don’t expect this weekend to be particularly fruitful. Maybe next weekend.

UPDATE: Meeting took place:

That sounds wholly appropriate to me for today. Like I said, the next target is probably Sunday night, and if you’re actually going to try to make that happen (dubious if all sides actually want that … ), then you have to first lay out the plans for the next few days.

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.