Major League Baseball and the Players Association met to discuss core economics for the first time since the owners locked out the players on Dec. 2. The players were discouraged by the proposal MLB made and no follow-up bargaining session was scheduled as of Thursday afternoon, people with knowledge of the talks said.
The proposal avoided some core aspects where the players are hoping to make gains. In other areas, the players viewed changes reflected in MLB’s proposal as insignificant.
The most notable change MLB offered to players was the elimination of the salary arbitration process for Super Two players — the small group of players who become eligible for arbitration with two-plus years of service time. Instead, MLB offered to pay players based on a formula, while maintaining the current arbitration process for players with three to five years of service time.
Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to spring training in mid-February. The union will hold internal discussions on how to respond to MLB’s proposal.
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