MLBPA expected to make counteroffer to MLB proposal on Monday, report says

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Major League Baseball and the MLBPA are scheduled to meet again on Monday, and the union is expected to issue a counteroffer to MLB’s offer made last Thursday, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. It will only be the second time the league and union have had formal talks since a lockout was instituted in early December.

Frustrations are mounting among fans and the media as the lockdown drags on and both sides drag their feet in an attempt to strike a deal. It’s been widely speculated that MLB wants to “run out of time,” so to speak, in an effort to pressure players into accepting an unfavorable deal. So the players’ only recourse seems to be to delay important events like spring training – which is due to start in just under a month – in order to put the pressure back on the owners.

At this point, it’s almost certain that these slow negotiations will result in a rushed and messy free-agent process, and it seems more likely than the day when early spring practice runs — and maybe even the matches – will be wiped out. It should be interesting to see how the talks pick up speed as the bottom line is threatened for both owners and players.

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