THAWING IN MLB-UNION LOCKOUT NEGOTIATIONS!

By Sam Bush

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is willing to increase the CBT threshold above $220 million — provided the Major League Baseball Players Association makes moves in other areas.

In order for the league to move closer to the Players Association’s CBT figure of $238 million, they would require concessions in several other areas. Most notably, a pre-arbitration bonus pool much lower than the $80 million from the union’s latest proposal, sharp penalties for teams for teams that exceed the CBT thresholds by the highest amounts and a streamlined process for implementing rules changes beyond the 2023 season.

While the union agreed to grant the league the ability regarding a pitch clock, larger bases and shift restrictions for 2023, the league wants the ability to make other changes for subsequent years within 45 days of season’s end. The league considers the ability to introduce those rule changes as critical to improving the on-field product.

A follow-up meeting has yet to be announced, but perhaps this isn’t the complete stalemate that it looked to be earlier on Sunday.

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