MLB Rumors: Collective Bargaining Agreement Negotiations Not Expected Until 2022

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It has been more than one week since the MLB lockout began and it doesn’t appear any progress on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) will come soon.

After the lockout began, MLB issued a combative statement blaming the Players Association. The MLBPA countered by calling the lockout a “drastic and unnecessary measure.”

Tony Clark, MLBPA executive director, previously outlined players are focused on making the game more competitive and allowing for improved compensation earlier in careers. MLB deemed proposals before the lockout as “not a viable option.”

The two sides will continue to work out a new deal, but progress isn’t expected to be made until less than a month before 2022 Spring Training, according to Jake Seiner of the Associated Press:

Progress on a CBA isn’t expected until at least the weeks before pitchers and catchers are set to report, meaning another mad dash is probably in store for teams trying to fill out their rosters ahead of spring training.

MLB has made multiple proposals to the MLBPA, but none ever came close to being agreed to. MLBPA negotiator Bruce Meyer went as far to call MLB’s proposals “radical.”

MLB and the MLBPA have long been at odds over various issues, including new rule changes, competitive integrity and service-time manipulation. Tensions have been particularly high since the two sides were unable to agree on an economics plan for the COVID-impacted 2020 season.

How MLB lockout affects the Dodgers

Once the two sides are able to agree on a new deal, a frenzy of roster moves will begin and the Dodgers should be among the busiest teams.

The club reportedly was one of five teams to reach out to Carlos Correa before business was halted. There are several obstacles to a possible signing, however, including the 27-year-old’s asking price, draft compensation attached to him and his history with the organization.

Another bold move the Dodgers can make to improve their lineup is signing longtime Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman. The 2020 National League MVP surprisingly did not work out a new contract before the work stoppage, which could open the door for other teams to pursue him.

The Dodgers also are believed to have interest in signing outfielder Seiya Suzuki, who was posted by Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball last month. Though, his arrival to MLB will be delayed due to the lockout.

L.A. may also attempt to work out new deals with Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen and Joe Kelly.

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