MLB News: League and MLBPA make progress on topic in new CBA

As the MLB lockdown progresses, battle lines on key topics have been drawn. The competitive equilibrium tax threshold, revenue sharing and compensation for young players are all major battlegrounds.

Currently, players must have at least three years of MLB service to qualify for arbitration and six years to become free agents. Some people, known as “Super Two” players, may become eligible for arbitration with more than two years in the bigs.

Arbitration-eligible players are coveted cost-controlled assets for MLB teams. In recent years, teams have looked at using these cheaper, younger players rather than signing relatively expensive MLB veterans. Which the players’ association isn’t exactly thrilled about.

The players’ association believes that the scales must be balanced in the new CBA.

Earlier this week, the MLBPA proposed a $105 million “bonus pool” to increase the earning power of arbitration-eligible players. According to Athletic’s Evan Drellich, the owners are okay with the concept, but not for $105 million. The owners also want to limit this pool money so that only the best players, measured by WAR, qualify.

“Now in the union version of that bonus pool, $105 million would be newly available to players. The league’s proposal on Tuesday included less than a tenth of that, at $10 million. That gap is huge. But, the very fact that both parties agree with the concept suggests that it’s likely that whenever a deal is struck, we’re going to see a bonus pool of a certain amount.

For Drellich, anything both sides partially agree on is a win at this point. Even MLB and MLBPA finding ground in the idea of ​​finding ground is progress.

Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to spring training in just a few weeks. Opening day is on the horizon.

Let’s hope MLB and the players’ association start to agree.

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