It would be until January when talks with MLBPA are resumed

Since Major League Baseball instituted a lockout in the early hours of the morning of Thursday, December 2, there has been little exchange between the league and the MLB Players Association -MLBPA-.

The teams are not expected to discuss the game’s core economic structure until sometime in January.. However, the parties have been in contact on other issues and are expected to meet in person tomorrow to discuss issues outside of the core economy:

Disagreements related to the core economy appear to be the most important and contentious issues to resolve. Issues such as the length of service structure, the expansion of the playoffs and the competitive equilibrium tax are among areas of importance to both parties that could be difficult to resolve.

Agreeing on the figures for the core economic structure takes a long time for negotiation, and that the parties will not even address the issues again until January is the latest confirmation that the lockout figures will drag on for quite some time.

After the lockout, both Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA lead negotiator Bruce Meyer publicly expressed their willingness to continue negotiating. However, neither side has started talks on the core economy in the nearly two weeks since then, even as they have engaged in less contentious issues.

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However, there doesn’t seem to be much of a belief that the core economy meetings before January serve any great purpose. People on both sides of the talks are heard suggesting that a meeting in the next few days or weeks would likely only have resulted in negotiators “saying the same things over and over again.”

Rafael Martinez

I am a fan of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, the LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Graduated in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services in Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and within days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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