Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter
New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Talks between team owners and the players’ union regarding a new Major League Baseball labor deal have progressed this week as the Dec. 1 deadline approaches, sources claim.
Sources said both sides have expressed optimism that a new collective bargaining agreement ( CBA ) will be reached before owners impose a lockout.
“We don’t negotiate in the press,” commissioner Rob Manfred said. “We remain committed to the idea that we’re going to make an agreement before expiration.”
The two sides have been tackling several major issues, including the international draft, the elimination of draft-pick compensation for teams that sign free agents and a new luxury tax/revenue-sharing formula.
If no significant progress happens before the current CBA expires Dec. 1, owners are preparing for a potential lockout of the union, according to sources.
Negotiators now will take a break for the Thanksgiving holiday, while they review the most recent proposals.
Talks are expected to resume either Sunday or Monday, from the site of the players’ union’s annual meetings in Dallas.
The last time MLB had a lockout was during the 1994-95 MLB season. It was the eighth work stoppage in baseball history as well as the fourth in-season work stoppage in 22 years.
The strike began on August 12, 1994 and resulted in the remainder of that season being cancelled , including the postseason and, for the first time since 1904, the World Series.
The strike was suspended on April 2, 1995 after 232 days, making it the longest such stoppage in MLB history, breaking the record set by the 1981 strike.
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