It’s Deja Vu, all over again.
After another self-imposed deadline by the owners, albeit with more ramifications on the season, Major League Baseball and the Players Union again failed to make an agreement, and the full 162 game season in 2022 will not be.
If a deal bad been reached by the end of day Wednesday, the games that previously had been canceled would be made up by one series being added to the end of the season, and one series being made up by double headers and mutual off days.
As with last time, the MLB and Union met late into the night on Tuesday night, ending negotiations around 3am ET. Talks picked back up Wednesday morning and once again where there was optimism, talks slowed and while the sides got closer on a number of key issues, they ultimately could not reach an agreement.
Offers were traded back and forth during the day. The Union met internally at 5pm ET to decide what their next steps would be regarding the latest off from MLB.
The implementation of an international draft was the huge sticking point this time. The union thought that MLB was going to send a counter proposal that the players could vote on. Instead, in their eyes, MLB gave an ultimatum with three options about an international draft before negotiations would resume.
The three options were as follows –
- Accept the International draft with no draft pick compensation;
- No draft but continue compensation; or
- Sign a CBA including eliminating draft pick compensation and examine an international draft
The union rejected those three options, and countered with removing the qualifying offer this season. If parties can’t agree to the international draft by November 15, the qualifying offer would return and revert to the previous international system.
MLB responded by canceling the next two series of the season, saying they would only resume discussions when MLB accepted one of the three options.
For the Los Angeles Dodgers, the now-four series that have been canceled are four games against the Colorado Rockies, three games against the Arizona Diamondbacks, three games against the Rockies in Denver and two games against the Twins in Minnesota.
If the season were to start on April 14 and is not altered, they would start the season at home with three game sets against the Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves.
Afterwards, MLB released the following statement-
The Union had their own response –
One of the most frustrating parts of this is that the sides didn’t start negotiations until 43 days after the owners self-imposed lockout began December 4th. Regardless, the sides did come closer in numbers on the CBT and the pre-arbitration bonus pool. But taking weeks to inch closer to a deal is sure-fire way to lose games as well as fans.
And the wait continues.