With the MLB awards season now complete, the next key event on the offseason schedule is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to eligible players, which is of note for those with fewer than six years of service time and are eligible for salary arbitration.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have four players going through the process this year, including Trea Turner, who is projected to receive a salary of just under $20 million for the 2022 season.
The original deadline for teams to tender contracts to eligible players was scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 2. That puzzled some as the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) is set to expire the previous day at 8:59 p.m. PT.
With a work stoppage looking more likely by the day, MLB and the Players Association have agreed to move the tender deadline up to Nov. 30, via the Associated Press:
Major League Baseball and the players’ union have agreed to move the upcoming deadline for teams to offer contracts to certain players in order to keep them out of potential limbo in the event of a work stoppage next month. The tender deadline was moved from Dec. 2 to Nov. 30 at 8 p.m.
In moving the tender deadline up to the final day of November, players will have a better idea of where they stand should a lockout come to fruition. Those who are non-tendered now will have the option of quickly signing with another team before the CBA expires on Dec. 1.
Had the original deadline remained unchanged, eligible players would have been in limbo until a deal is reached by the league and union. That could take months and possibly lead into the start of Spring Training, which wouldn’t give players much time to find new a new home.
Manfred: ‘Time becoming an issue’ in CBA negotiations between MLB, MLBPA
After initially expressing hope that a lockout would be avoided, recent comments by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred suggest the league is heading toward a work stoppage.
Such a halt would be the sport’s first since the 1994-95 players’ strike that lasted 232 days and led to an unplayed World Series.
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