Sadly, as the clock strikes midnight tomorrow all signs point to an MLB lockout as the owners/Rob Manfred and the MLB Players Association (MLBPA) failed to agree upon a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
While some free agents and teams (looking at you Texas Rangers) were quick to sign contracts this offseason, others will be left without a figurative home as MLB enters the wilderness.
How’d We Get Here?
Like most ownership/union situations, MLB and the MLBPA work under a CBA, which is an agreed-upon set of rules dictating the conditions that the players will play under the owners. At midnight tonight, the prior CBA will officially lapse and the two sides will no longer have an agreement with one another.
MLB and the MLBPA have been in negotiations trying to bridge gaps on issues including revenue sharing, salary cap/floor, an international draft, arbitration, expanding playoffs, and more. Sadly, many saw this lockout coming when the two sides recently fought to determine a return to play during the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season.
Now it’s up to the MLB owners, led by commissioner Rob Manfred, and the MLBPA led by former player and Executive Director Tony Clark to strike a deal.
As the 2020 season showed us, both sides are sadly willing to miss MLB games during the negotiation, leaving fans a bit in the crosshairs of the two parties. Meanwhile, the two sides had scheduled meetings in Dallas today but stopped the meetings very early.
For now, all we can do is hope that the two sides are able to find some middle ground and save the 2022 season. The last thing baseball can afford are missed games.
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