The MLB Players’ Association has officially rejected the league’s “final and best” offer and the two sides did not reach a deal before MLB’s self-imposed 5 p.m. ET deadline to preserve a March 31 Opening Day and 162-game regular season. Per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, one of the players on the union’s negotiating team called the league’s final offer “a slap in the face.”
BREAKING: MLBPA player leaders agreed unanimously not to accept MLB's final proposal, and there will be no deal on a new collective-bargaining agreement before MLB's 5 p.m. ET deadline, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 1, 2022
MLB has threatened to cancel its March 31 Opening Day without a new deal.
One player leader called the league’s proposal, “a slap in the face,” saying owners want players to lose pay. https://t.co/8TJy8drHwC— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 1, 2022
As a result of the failure to complete a deal, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has officially cancelled the first two series of the season. Players will not be paid for those missed games.
League officials expressed optimism to the media last night that they were relatively close to a deal, but their final offer wasn’t all that different from what they’ve been offering all along. MLB held strong on its insistence that the competitive-balance threshold remain flat at $220 million for the first three years of the deal, with an increase to $224 million in 2024 and $230 million — less than the amount the players requested in the first year of the deal — in 2025.
The league did make small increases in its offers for a minimum salary, starting at $700,000 and increasing by $10,000 a year, and a bonus pool for pre-arbitration-eligible players, which would sit at $30 million a year for the length of the deal.
MLB’s best, final offer before pulling down games, per MLBPA official:— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) March 1, 2022
• Pre-arb bonus pool of $30 million, up $5 million from before
• No change on CBT thresholds (220/220/220/224/230)
• Minimum salary starting at $700k, going to $740k over course of deal. PA starts $725k
The league and union will continue negotiating back in New York, where meetings were held before shifting to Jupiter, Florida last week.