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No deal: Players reject MLB's last offer before deadline

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No deal.

The 2022 MLB regular season won't start on time as the league's self-imposed deadline for a new labor deal passed without an agreement Tuesday.

Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the league has canceled the first week of regular season games.

"My deepest hope is that we get an agreement quickly," Manfred told reporters in Florida. "I'm really disappointed that we didn't make an agreement."

Monday was MLB's original deadline with the locked-out players to avoid canceling games. After over 16 hours of talks that appeared to include progress on the path to a new labor deal, the deadline was extended to Tuesday at 4 p.m. CT.

The two sides were far apart in talks Tuesday — the ninth straight day they met in Florida — and the union rejected MLB's final proposal before the deadline hit.

"Today is a sad day," union executive director Tony Clark said. "We came to Florida to negotiate for a fair collective bargaining agreement. Despite meeting daily while here in Florida, there is still work that needs to be done.

"Players want to play. We all know that. But the reason we're not playing is simple. A lockout is the ultimate economic weapon."

Those substantial differences on key issues include the luxury tax and minimum player salary. MLB reportedly proposed a threshold starting at $220 in 2022 that would rise to $230 in 2026.

The union proposed a $238 million threshold that would rise to $263 million.

Significant gaps remain among other core economic issues. The union has proposed minimum player salary starting at $725,000 in 2022, while the league proposed $700,000. 

 

The union proposed an $85 million bonus pool for productive pre-arbitration players. The league offered $30 million.

This marks the first time games have been canceled due to a labor dispute since the 1994-95 players strike. Manfred said the league's position is players won't get paid for games that are not played.

The union later told reporters they will push for the lost games to be rescheduled, and/or the players to be paid their full salaries.

When the two sides will resume negotiations is not yet clear, though both sides said they're prepared to continue talks. Manfred said the union is headed back to New York, meaning Thursday is the earliest things will start back up.

As for how long the lockout may continue from here?

"We're prepared," reliever and MLBPA executive subcommittee member Andrew Miller said. "We've seen this coming, in a sense.

"It's unfortunate, but this isn't new to us. This is not shocking."

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