The latest negotiations between the MLBPA and the MLB ended with the agreement to implement non-monetary penalties for teams that exceed the CBT threshold.
Besides the MLBPA proposed three new on-field rules since 2023: they include a pitch clock, infield shifting ban, and enlargement of the bases. The MLB’s proposal also involved adding an automated strike zone, however, the union did not support this offer.
The Draft Lottery still remains an unsolved issue: the MLB insists on an award system for top five picks, while the Association’s suggestion is the top six picks.
The MLB representatives expressed regrets and disappointment about further delays with an agreement. According to them, the MLB was hoping to come to some decision much quicker, while the Association chose to propose worse conditions than were before, and doesn’t seem to help finishing the deal in the nearest time.
The date and place of the next meeting is not scheduled yet, and the current status of negotiations is still uncertain and both sides are not close to any agreement.