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Evan Drellich of The Athletic and Maury Brown of Forbes have the most unbiased coverage. I'm going to be honest and tell you that the best negotiations are those that are done behind closed doors. The more media coverage of the daily goings on, the worse it is for the actual negotiations.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Dec 8 '21

Glad you checked in, Eugene. Is there anyone on Twitter who is reporting anything about ongoing negotiations?

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Dec 7 '21

The duty to bargain does not terminate with a lockout or strike. They must still meet at times and locations mutually agreeable to the parties and the subjects they have to negotiate (under the law) doesn't change.

BTW, with regard to Tim's comment about get it done in two weeks, the shortest negotiation of a CBA I have been party to is about 3 months and that was with daily meetings - M-F every week for those three months.  Normally it's closer to 6 months.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Dec 7 '21

Great question. The sense I get is they aren't.

Alex Patton Alex
Dec 7 '21

So do we know if they are even talking?

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Dec 7 '21

Change the expiry date on the next CBA to February 1 and we'd get a deal done in about two weeks. There's no incentive for either side to chat until Spring Training gets a bit closer. 

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Dec 3 '21

That seems like a good starting point, Howard.  But personally I'd like to see guys like Ranger Suarez get a salary bump pre-arb.  So for me, a wider pool would be better.  And a salary bump would also help the establish a higher baseline for when they reach arbitration.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Dec 3 '21

How about bonuses based upon MVP and/or Cy Young and/or Rookie of the Year votes?

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Dec 3 '21

Yeah, my point wasn't focused specifically on WAR, just some way to recognize and reward outstanding performance from pre-arb players.  And the dollars could come from the competitive balance pool.

If I were Commissioner King, this would be the plan:

Regarding age-based free agency, I'd make it an either/or.  Either age X or X years of service time.  Can't penalize the prodigies with a solely age-based qualification IMO.

I'd take care of the pre-arb guys (and minor-leaguers for that matter), let the stars get their money, and free up the mediocre guys at a specific age.  I know, player costs go up.  But I'd keep some kind of soft salary threshold that significantly penalizes guys like Cohen that can't control themselves. I'd make those guys fund the higher player costs.  

And yes, you gotta have a salary floor paired with a draft lottery to deter tanking.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Dec 3 '21

I like Bob's idea of having the league pay some kind of bonuses from the Competitive Balance Pool, thus eliminating the incentive for low budget teams to reduce opportunity in order to minimize payouts.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Dec 3 '21