On Saturday the Major League Baseball Players Association and the representatives for the owners met again in Florida to try and come to a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement. The owners have instituted a lockout since December 1st, halting any and all things related to Major League Baseball until a new deal can be reached – something that they did not have to do. The 1995 and 1996 seasons were both played without a new CBA being agreed to.
With a self-imposed deadline of Monday for a new agreement to take place before the owners have said they will begin cancelling regular season games, the two sides have had meetings every day this week and on some days multiple meetings. Additional players and owners have shown up in Florida for these meetings.
Things did not go well on Saturday afternoon. The players made a new offer that saw the drop their ask for 75% of players with 2-3 years of service time be arbitration eligible down to 35% (in the last CBA it was 22%). According to Evan Drellich of The Athletic, the owners reacted badly to the proposal, which left the players outraged.
The two sides remain very far apart on the luxury tax threshold, as well as the penalties related to the threshold, as well as the minimum salary in the league and bonus pool to the top pre-abritration players.
Update at 8:20pm ET
Evan Drellich has initially reported that as of 6:30pm ET there was no scheduled meeting for Sunday. But Michael Silverman of the Boston Globe reported at 8:20pm ET that the two sides have agreed to a meeting for Sunday. He also said that the players were not sure if they wanted to resume talks based on how poorly things went earlier on Saturday.