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MLBPA 'furious' after meeting, considering leaving table

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Any iota of progress between MLB and the locked-out players on Friday appears to have been wiped away Saturday.

And with less than 48 hours until MLB's self-imposed deadline for a new labor agreement to avoid canceling regular season games, an on-time start to the season is in serious doubt.

Multiple reports characterized Saturday's meeting between the league and players union as having small-to-no-movement in negotiations. 

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The Athletic's Evan Drellich reported the meeting was "hostile," and the league did not respond well to the union's latest proposal, leaving the players "outraged."

According to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, the players are now considering leaving the negotiating table.

The union lowered its proposal for the number of players eligible for arbitration after two years of service time from 75 percent to 35 percent. Currently 22 percent of such players are arbitration-eligible.

Both sides also slightly modified their luxury tax proposals — though a substantial gap remains there.

MLB has already canceled spring training games through March 7, and commissioner Rob Manfred said losing regular season games due to the league's lockout would be "disastrous."

 

Whether the two sides meet Sunday, that worst-case scenario looks increasingly likely.

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