Lace negotiations between MLB owners and the Players Union They are still at a standstill, despite the fact that they have spoken in recent days, there has been no progress between the amounts that are requested and if an agreement is not reached, the 162-game season would be in jeopardy.
According to information from The Athletic, the MLB has a deadline of Tuesday, March 8 to reach an agreement by the new collective agreement, the owners of the franchises would not accept a full 62-game season and give players full pay or service time.
Although there have been multiple proposals from both sides, none has wanted to accept the economic figures that have been requested, so a second week of games in April could also be cancelled.
“We expected to see some movement in our direction to give us additional flexibility and reach an agreement quickly. The Players Association decided to come back to us with a proposal that was worse than the one from Monday night and was not designed to move the process forward. On some issues, they even backed off. In short, we are stuck. We will try to figure out how to respond, but nothing in this proposal makes it easy,” said Glen Caplin, a league spokesman.
As a last resort, neither party can take decisions unilaterally about payment, service time and schedule: need to be negotiated.
If an agreement is reached tomorrow, the canceled games of the first two series will be would reschedule even if the league doesn’t start on March 31.