MLB Lockout Rumors: Luxury Tax Threshold Not Part Of Recent CBA Proposals

Major League Baseball and the Players Association (MLBPA) have met every day this week at Roger Dean Stadium in effort to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), but time is running out to get a deal done to avoid pushing back the start of the regular season.

The league reportedly reiterated to the union on Wednesday that Feb. 28 remains the deadline for a new CBA to be in place, and going past it would mean playing a shortened 2022 season due to canceled games.

In the latest round of negotiations, MLB and the MLBPA have largely focused on establishing a pre-arbitration bonus pool and Draft lottery.

Other important topics have been discussed this week, but one notable omission is the luxury tax threshold. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, MLB and the MLBPA finding common ground on that issue could determine whether Opening Day will take place on March 31:

The Players Association has asked for the luxury tax threshold to increase to $245 million this year, then $252 million, $259 million, $266 million and $273 million over the lifetime of a new CBA.

MLB has not gotten close to the figures as of last week, proposing totals of $214 million, $214 million, $216 million, $218 million and $222 million. The league also offered to remove the loss of a third-round draft pick for teams that exceed the first luxury tax threshold, but increased monetary penalties from the last CBA.

With the MLB’s current proposal, first time offenders would pay a 50% tax on the first threshold, 75% tax on the second and 100% tax on the third. Furthermore, teams who exceed the second and third tier will still lose their second- and first-round draft picks, respectively.

Bellinger: MLB CBA needs ‘to be fixed’

The upended offseason has created an array of challenges for players, but Cody Bellinger is understanding of the drawn-out negotiations.

“It’s extremely unfortunate, but things have to get done, and we all know that,” he said. “Hopefully things get figured out here and we can get going.”

Bellinger’s career has seen him rewarded financially but realizes there are other players who haven’t enjoyed such benefit. “There’s things in the system that need to be fixed, and that’s what we’re working towards,” he said of a new CBA.

“Hopefully both sides can work together, see the big picture and what’s important. That’s getting the game going. Things have to get dialed in first before we can do that, and then guys will be ready to go.”

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