The Major League Baseball Players Association representatives met again today with the representatives from the owners. After the proposal yesterday by the players, the owners came back with a proposal on several fronts.
There were some things that seemed to at least be agreeable on from both sides. They seem to both be on the side of having a pool of money set aside for pre-arbitration players. The pool was for the top 30 players in WAR who are pre-arbitration. Which version of WAR wasn’t specified as of this typing. But while the two sides do seem to think this plan is one to work on, they are light years apart on how much money should be in that pool. The players asked for $105M, which would break down to just over $3.3M per player. However, the owners offered up $10M, which would be a bonus of just over $330,000 per player.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that as a part of the owners proposal that a new minimum salary would also be the maximum salary a team could pay a pre-arbitration player. Teams have often “rewarded” players with a little bit of extra money – nothing substantial, but $50-100,000 at times just as a “thanks” and hopefully a token of good faith the player will remember down the line if and when the team tries to extend them. That would be off of the table in the owners proposal.
Major League Baseball’s owners did drop from their proposal to change how arbitration works according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. They also offered to raise the league minimum salary to $615,000. The players had previously proposed $775,000.
There was clearly no deal that was agreed upon today. But movement is happening in some areas even if things are still very far apart on many of the things they are agreeing on as baseline ideas.