MLB is preparing to present a new core economics proposal to the Major League Baseball Players Association on Thursday, sources confirmed to The Athletic. The meeting, scheduled to take place via videoconference, is the first one focused on core economics since team owners instituted a lockout on Dec. 2.
The sport has been shut down for more than a month after team owners and the players union failed to reach a new collective bargaining agreement in advance of the expiration of the previous CBA. Both sides made proposals addressing dozens of issues, but economics remained at the center of the discussions.
Here’s a look at what has happened and where things stand:
How have baseball’s labor talks progressed?
The planned resumption of conversations about core economics marks a positive development in the negotiation process. But there is plenty of work to be done if the sides are to reach an agreement and avoid postponement of the originally scheduled February start to spring training. The first slate of games are scheduled for Feb. 26, and players typically report to major-league camps two to three weeks ahead of the first game. (Jan. 11)
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