Imminent work stoppage in the Major Leagues after the World Series ends?

The ninth work stoppage in baseball and the first in 26 years appears imminent for it to begin on December 2., freezing the free agency market and threatening the start of training camps in February.

Negotiations have been underway since last spring, and both parties believe that the other has not come up with a proposal leading to an agreement to replace the five-year contract expiring at 11:59 p.m. EDT on December 1.

The luxury tax system that began with the 2003 season is paired with the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement, with the exception of completing the accounting and payments for the fiscal year 2021.

The uncertainty about the 2022 season will likely cause teams that generally spend a lot of money postpone your negotiations with top-level players.

The free agents can begin signing a contract with any team on the sixth day after the end of the World Series, and among the most prominent names this year are Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Freddie Freeman, Trevor Story, Max Scherzer, Marcus Semien, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Michael Conforto and Kevin Gausman.

Major League Baseball could try to freeze the market with the start of the work stoppage, Or the market could stall on its own, even slower than the slowdown in the offseason periods 2017-18 and 2018-19.

The players ‘agents say they have not received any guidance from the players’ union. Some are coming to terms with facing a two-week window to reach agreements in March or later, whenever the work stoppage ends.

The lack of pace in the negotiations is similar to that recorded in the 1989-90 season, when the agreement expired on December 31 and the owners announced on January 9 that the work stoppage would begin on February 15 in the absence of an agreement. Negotiations came to fruition and an agreement was reached on March 1 and the opening day of the season was delayed until April 9, causing 78 games to be postponed or rescheduled.

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