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MLB, union extend labor talks into Tuesday

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After over 15 hours of talks Monday, MLB and the locked-out players agreed to extend labor negotiations into Tuesday, according to multiple reports — an encouraging sign as they attempt to finalize a new labor agreement.

Monday was the deadline MLB imposed for a new labor deal to avoid canceling regular season games. But talks included enough progress on key issues for the two sides to work past the deadline, into the early hours of Tuesday.

The deadline has been extended to 4 p.m. CT Tuesday, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported. The two sides will reconvene Tuesday morning.

MLB reportedly expressed a willingness to cancel a month of games in a meeting with the union Monday morning. And as a reminder of how much is still involved, the big thing that remains to be finalized is the luxury tax, the biggest issue of the labor battle.

However, reports overnight suggested the penalties would remain similar to the previous collective bargaining agreement, opposed to some of the severe penalties MLB previously proposed in negotiations.

The Athletic's Evan Drellich reported MLB's luxury tax proposal starts at $220 million in 2022 and increases to $230 million in 2026. The threshold in 2021 was $210 million.

MLB previously proposed a threshold starting at $214 million, compared to the players' proposal of $245 million.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported the two sides agreed to an expanded postseason field of 12 teams. The league had proposed a 14-team field.

Monday was the eighth straight day the league and union met in Florida for negotiations. The league-implemented lockout entered its fourth month Tuesday.

 

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