After a marathon of 13 negotiation sessions in 16 1/2 hours led to progress in the deal, but the parties remained far apart, MLB extended the deadline until Tuesday at 5 p.m.
The parties planned to resume talks at 11.00 on the ninth consecutive day of talks.
Commissioner Rob Manfred said Monday was the last possible day to reach an agreement that would give the minimum time needed for spring training to play in the opening matches as scheduled for March 31st. The union said it did not necessarily agree on a timeline and simply because the parties agreed to take a break at 2:30 a.m., MLB gave the players a new timeline.
“We want to use every opportunity to make a deal,” an MLB spokesman said.
The Players Association planned to analyze the latest proposals and prepare a response when talks resume at Roger Dean Stadium, the empty spring training house of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals.
The parties agreed, subject to a joint deal, to extend the postseason from 10 to 12 teams instead of the 14 MLBs they had hoped for.
As for the central economy, the parties were still looking for an agreement. Management suggestions included:
-Increase the luxury tax threshold from $ 210 million to $ 220 million this year.
-Establishing a new bonus pool for players before arbitration of $ 25 million annually.
-Increase the minimum wage from $ 570,500 to $ 675,000 this year with an increase of $ 10,000 annually.
The players took the position that all these figures are insufficient. Entering the day, they asked for a $ 245 million threshold this year, up to $ 273 million before the final season of the deal. They offered a $ 115 million bonus.
The union believed that there was an understanding regarding luxury tax rates, which the leadership proposed to significantly increase, while abolishing higher fines for recidivists who spent large costs.
Recent player proposals have called for a waiver of salary arbitration from 22% to 35% for players with a minimum of two seasons and less than three seasons.
Manfred, who first attended Friday’s negotiating session, attended two meetings on Monday, both in two sessions, attended by union leader Tony Clark, deputy commissioner Dan Hallem and union chief negotiator Bruce Mayer. In the first meeting, which began at 2:45 p.m. and lasted 40 minutes, Manfred told the players he wanted to make a deal.
Then the pace increased, and the negotiating team repeatedly walked from its zone in the main part of the stadium to the union in the building on the right corner of the field, which includes the Cardinals Club.
“We are working on it,” Manfred said about 6pm after the second session of the day with the union.
The union said MLB continued to give him papers with new proposals.
Managing Yankees general partner Hal Steinbrenner did not leave the field until 1:30 a.m., Mats pitcher Max Scherzer and free agent Andrew Miller, two players present, left at 2:30 p.m.
Halem and Executive Vice President Morgan Sword were key figures in the meetings, and Colorado Rockies CEO Dick Montfort attended several. Some of the sessions lasted just minutes, and included Senior Vice President Pat Hooligan.
The players and the league met only six times on major economic issues during the first 2 1/2 months of the lockout.
As the parties pressed each other to the bottom line, the emotions grew. Philadelphia star Bryce Harper posted on Instagram a photo modified to show him in Japanese baseball uniform with the words, “Yomiuri Giants are you up? Do you have time to kill.”
Yankees pitcher Jameson Taylon, who attended last week’s talks, tweeted: “Players are used to their ‘threats.’ The actions of the owners have always made it clear that they have a number of games where they still make a profit / make money on television. They don’t want to play. It’s sad that these guys are driving the direction and “future” of our amazing sport. “
According to an Associated Press study, players will lose $ 20.5 million in earnings for each day of the season to be canceled, and 30 teams will lose large amounts that are harder to determine.
The spring training games were scheduled to begin on Saturday, but the ninth shutdown of baseball – and the first since 1995 – has already led to the cancellation of exhibitions by March 7.
Since August 30, 2002, MLB has not come close to losing regular season games due to labor struggles. The union was supposed to go on strike at 3:20 p.m., but about 25 consecutive hours of meetings and caucuses ended in an agreement at 11:45 p.m.
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