MLB Lockout Rumors: MLBPA Proposes To Cut Bonus Pool For 20% Of Eligible Players
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As Major league Baseball and the Players Association continue to discuss a new collective bargaining agreement for the 2022 season, some progress has been made but the sides remain far apart on key issues.

The universal designated hitter and a draft lottery have already been agreed to, which will both bring significant changes to the sport. However, they remain far apart on the core economics, which is what is truly preventing a deal from getting done.

Spring Training has already been delayed and the threat of a regular season delay looms unless the two sides can come to an agreement by the end of the month. However, that looks less likely each day.

In the Players Association’s latest offer they dropped down from their previous request of making every second and third year player eligible for bonus pool money, according to Evan Drellich of The Athletic:

The bonus pool was previously proposed as a way to get pre-arbitration players extra money before they are able to negotiate how much money they will make in a season, which happens after three years of service time.

The money would go to the 80% of players with the most service time among the second and third-year players, but to compensate for less than 100% of these players getting money, the union asked for an extra $15 million to be added to the pool, according to Drellich:

It is unlikely the league will accept this offer either even though it represents another concession from the union.

With little time remaining to get a deal done before the season, the owners will need to pick up the urgency in their negotiations to avoid a delay. However, they have yet to show any indication they will despite the players already making multiple significant concessions.

Owners asked to cut Minor League roster sizes

As part of the negotiations, owners reportedly asked for the ability to cut down Minor League roster sizes in an attempt to recoup financial losses in other areas.

Teams are currently allowed to roster 180 minor leaguers but the league wants them to roster no more than 150, which would put 900 Minor League players out of a job.

However, the MLBPA sees cuts to the minor leagues as non-negotiable.

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