No real progress in latest MLB labor negotiations: report

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A five-hour negotiation session on Monday between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association produced no tangible results to resolve the ongoing lockdown, according to multiple news outlets.

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The teams met at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., spring training home of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals. Players were supposed to be in camp now and spring games were due to start next Saturday, but all contests have been postponed until at least March 5.

Opening day is still scheduled for March 31, although time is running out on that date, with commissioner Rob Manfred saying four weeks of training will be needed before the season starts.

According to multiple media outlets, management’s latest proposal called for an increase in the pre-arbitration bonus pool from $15 million to $20 million, but the union is asking for $115 million.

The owners have also changed their proposed lottery scheme – in a bid to prevent teams from tanking to help their future prospects – to include the bottom four teams instead of the bottom three teams. The MLBPA wants eight teams to participate in the lottery.

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Additionally, ESPN reported that the owners backed out of their proposal to have the MLBPA oversee minor league players, which could reduce the number of minor league jobs. According to ESPN, MLB could still make such a move on its own in the future. In addition, the owners backed down from a limit of five options per player from the major leagues to the minors, with the union seeking a cap of four, per ESPN.

Key financial issues at the heart of the lockdown, including the competitive equilibrium salary floor, minimum wages and revenue sharing between teams were not discussed, ESPN reported.

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