League exchange proposals, MLBPA on international draft

July 25 is the deadline for Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association to reach agreement on an international player draft, which will replace the current international signing system and end the eligible bid system for Premier League free agents. The two sides have been in negotiations for weeks, and ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez (All Across Twitter links) reports that counter-proposals have been exchanged over the past two days. The Federation submitted a new bid on Saturday, and the league quickly responded again today with what the MLB said was a definitive bid.

“The tenth“There was some movement on the money,” Gonzalez wrote, as the league increased its bid from a $181 million bonus pool for the top 600 players to $191 million. Of course, that’s still well below the $260 million bonus pool the MLBPA has been seeking, and there has been no word on whether or not the league’s new proposal includes fixed slot prices. According to previous reports, the federation wanted slot prices to be a minimum expense for allotted picks only, as the MLB wanted fixed slots that could not be crossed for any pick.

Also, the two sides differed over the amount of money available for signings with unregistered players, with the MLBPA wanting a $40,000 limit and MLB only wanting $20,000. This other financial aspect was one of the many differences that circulated between the federation and the league (as shown in The Athletic’s Evan Drellich and Ken Rosenthal), and it is not known if any common ground has been found on these issues.

Certain hurdles remain, Gonzalez notes, as the MLBPA notes.He remains unhappy with some of the other aspects of the league’s proposal.” With less than 24 hours to go to the deadline, it seems unlikely that an agreement will be reached on an international draft, given that the two sides are still some distance away. Then once Another, in March, it didn’t look like a new collective bargaining agreement would be reached in time to avoid match cancellations, but the two teams were quickly able to make up a lot of ground in order to release a shortened version of their spring training and a full 162 game schedule.

The issue of the international draft was the last outstanding issue of the CBA’s off-season talks, with the two sides agreeing to a new, broader collective bargaining agreement in March to end the shutdown, and talks resumed this summer over the possibility of a draft. If no agreement is reached, the current rules regarding the international signing system and eligible offers will remain in place for the term of the new CBA agreement, which expires after the 2026 season.

In addition to being the last vestige of the CBA negotiations, the talks have a major impact on the business of baseball as a whole. Jim Bowden from Athletic He notes that with the international talent acquisition process and draft QO compensation yet to be decided, teams have been waiting until after tomorrow’s deadline to propose major commercial bids, with clubs wanting to ascertain their future avenues for acquiring young talent before considering moving any stream. Prospects for the August 2 trade deadline.

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