MLBPA to present counter-offer to owners on Thursday: reports


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Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are due to meet on Thursday, when the union plans to present a counteroffer to owners, multiple news outlets reported Wednesday.

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The trading session, only the sixth since the lockout began, will take place the day spring training was scheduled to begin in Florida and Arizona with reports of pitchers and catchers.

Management’s offer to the union last week was not well received.

Play has been suspended since the owners imposed the lockdown at 12:01 a.m. on December 2.

According to reports, MLB’s latest proposal touched on both economic and non-economic issues. Players felt that the issues they had previously expressed concern about had not been adequately addressed.

The owners have reportedly offered to increase the pre-arbitration bonus pool from $5 million to $15 million. Players are still on the hunt for $100 million.

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A proposal by MLB to raise the luxury tax imposed on teams by $2 million over the past three seasons on a potential five-year deal also failed to gain traction with the union.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said last week that about four weeks of spring training was needed before the season started. The belief is that a deal should be finalized by February 28 to allow the players to go into spring training over the next few days and start the season as planned on March 31.

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