MLB Lockout Update

Will regular season games be canceled?

Monday Deadline

Major League Baseball has set a Monday, February 28th deadline to reach an agreement with the players union. Some preseason games have already been canceled. 

Monday Deadline

If the two sides cannot reach an agreement by Monday, some regular season games will be canceled. There are some key issues that both sides are hung up on and are considering non-starters. 

Key Issues

1. Player Minimum Salary

Industry revenue has risen 53% to 10.9 billion since 2012, while minimum salaries have risen 5%. The union wants minimum salaries to increase from 570K to 715K, while the league is proposing 615K. 

Key Issues

2. Luxury Tax Threshold. 

The Luxury Tax is the tax that big teams pay when they go over the salary threshold. The owners want to lower the threshold, which would force salaries down across the league. 

Key Issues

3. Two Year Abritration

The union wants all players to be able to arbitrate (negotiate) their contracts after two years. Right now, only the longest serving 22% of players can enter arbitration every year. 

Key Issues

4. Competition Incentives

The MLB is proposing an expanded off-season, a lottery draft to prevent tanking, and the addition of a universal designated hitter rule. 

Key Issues

4. Competition Incentives

The universal DH would bring the NL in line with the rest of pro baseball, where pitchers are still required to hit in every game.