With one day remaining before the league’s self-imposed February 28 deadline, talks are reportedly progressing between owners and players towards a new collective bargaining agreement.
Commissioner Rob Manfred previously set the deadline as a mark for both sides to compromise before the 2022 regular season would be affected by cancelled games. While the first few weeks of spring training games has already been wiped out, the belief is that Opening Day on March 31 could still go as planned if both sides reach an agreement by Monday.
Mainly, economics seems to be the primary issues preventing a compromise, as both sides continue to go back and forth over matters like salary arbitration and the league’s luxury tax.
According to Michael Silverman of the Boston Globe, an MLB spokesperson said that Sunday was a productive day of talks. Both sides discussed core and non-core economic issues.
It was a strange weekend of reporting, as Jon Heyman of MLB Network was just about all alone early in the weekend in thinking that both sides were progressing. On Saturday, the owners reportedly reacted badly to the players union’s latest proposal, which lead to a hostile tone between both sides. Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reported on Saturday evening that the players “were considering walking away from the table altogether.”
Despite today’s talks being perhaps the most productive of the lockout, both sides remain far apart. According to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports, Sunday’s talks included a lot of hypotheticals without any actual proposals from either side.
While the seems to be various perspectives about an agreement among those familiar with the talks, it’s tough to believe a compromise will take place by the end of tomorrow.
In Dodgers news, it looks like the team and skipper Dave Roberts will be reaching a contract extension once the smoke settles on the new collective bargaining agreement.
Nightengale reported this weekend that both the Dodgers and Roberts plan to have a new contract in place before the start of the regular season, whenever that turns out to be.
Los Angeles has advanced to the postseason each year since Roberts has taken over the reigns of manager in 2015, including three National League pennants and the team’s first World Championship since 1988.
According to Baseball Reference, Roberts has the fifth-best winning percentage in MLB history among skippers who have managed at least 315 games.