MLB, Union Progressing In CBA Talks

MLB and the MLB Players’ Association are making “significant progress” toward a five-year extension of baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The sides aren’t likely to reach a deal before the weekend, but they could agree to terms before the World Series ends. 

MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner confirmed to Strauss that there is “no lack of urgency” when it comes to finalizing a deal. Weiner said no one issue represents an overwhelming obstacle in the negotiations, though many issues have yet to be fully resolved. Strauss heard from another source who says the sides are working out the “nuts and bolts” of a new deal.

Baseball’s current CBA expires on December 11th, but it appears to be in both sides’ best interests to complete a deal by the time free agency begins in early November. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported this week that players and owners remain far apart on the issue of hard slotting for draft bonuses. Rosenthal also said a deal could occur during the World Series.

17 Responses to MLB, Union Progressing In CBA Talks Leave a Reply

  1. ChiefTomahawk 4 years ago

    All we need is another sport in lockout. Please just get this done to avoid any speculation.

  2. Christopher Soto 4 years ago

    See now why cant the NBA be this efficient with their negotiations?? My arse has been stuck watching hockey during the week as i wait for college football on Saturdays and NFL on Sundays

    • MB923 4 years ago

      I take it you don’t like hockey all that much

      • Christopher Soto 4 years ago

        Well its alright and all but NBA def ranks higher on the totem poll.

    • Edgar4evar 4 years ago

      The NBA can burn to the ground for all I care. Seriously, the players should just void their contracts for lack of payment and form a new league. David Stern is a cancer on the human race.

      • Bob9988 4 years ago

        Seattle is loving this.  We hope they lockout the whole season and the NBA goes crashing down in flames!  HAHAHA!!  That would be awesome!

  3. $7562574 4 years ago

    please no one game play-offs between the wild card teams. no hard cap for draftees, please.
    b.s. just go away.

  4. John_Ginder 4 years ago

    Trading of draft picks would be pretty cool.  I am not too thrilled with the Astros to AL West and an additional wild card team.

    It will be good once this is resolved and we have nothing to worry about.  Who really wants to hear about 1994 again?

    • Who would you rather go to the AL West then? 

      • $7562574 4 years ago

        arizona would be easier for travel.

      • Bob9988 4 years ago

        I’d say the Padres. But more than that, I don’t like the idea of continuous interleague play. Think about it, its possible that on the last day of the season, a NL club can determine who makes it to the AL playoffs. That’s wrong. Either add two teams, take away two teams, or just leave it alone.

  5. MaineSox 4 years ago

    Have I ever mentioned that I don’t like Bud Selig?

  6. Edgar4evar 4 years ago

    Here’s how realignment should work. You need to add a team to the AL West and remove one from the NL Central. Houston is the easiest choice and it makes sense. And for travel what makes sense is to have one division built around the west coast, and one division built around the southwest. But you have to blow up which teams are in which league:

    NL West
    San Francicso
    LA Dodgers
    San Diego

    AL West
    LA Angels

    This preserves the most-storied rivalry between the Dodgers and Giants and makes for reasonable travel for all concerned. Plus it puts my M’s in the NL where they apparently believe they are anyway based on the quality of their DH’s since Edgar Martinez retired.

    It’s neat how this could never happen with all the league-switches, but it makes a lot of sense.

  7. baybombers 4 years ago

    Get this done Selig! If this turns out  like the NBA im gonna freak

  8. cookmeister 4 years ago

    Does the CBA have an affect on whether or not the Astros switch leagues, if there is new playoff team added etc?  I’m pretty sure it doesn’t but just want to clarify

    • Edgar4evar 4 years ago

      The CBA definitely would include agreeing to the one game playoff, but I would assume Houston can switch leagues if the ownership and the Commissioner decide it will.

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