Bernie on the Scene: Tracking Baseball’s Basic Agreement Negotiations

Bernie on the Scene: Tracking Baseball’s Basic Agreement Negotiations

This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between MLB and the MLB Players Association, signed in 2017, is set to expire December 1, 2021.

There are serious roadblocks, speed bumps and issues to be resolved before baseball peace can be declared.

It is a fact of life that without a renewal of the current agreement or a total restructuring and signing of a new agreement, Major League Baseball as we know it could come to a halt.

Call me Captain Obvious. Of course, without a basic agreement, even the best fantasy baseball teams on the planet will be rendered useless. The CBA should be on the mind of every baseball player and every fantasy baseball player on the planet.

I want to share with you what I have heard from reliable industry sources regarding negotiations and priorities of both sides in the ongoing negotiations. 

Of course, the clock is ticking. Deals usually get done at the last minute, so look for December to deliver great holiday gifts to fans or lumps of black coal that are spread about through failure of two sides to agree on a path forward. 

Logic may not prevail. Common sense may not prevail. Money will prevail. Money will always prevail in baseball — and most sports. Specifically, which side of the issues gets their priorities regarding money will dictate how the CBA shakes out.

I will elaborate on each point from reliable sources who have insight into the negotiations. I wish to advise that what you read

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Bernie Pleskoff
Bernie Pleskoff is a former professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.
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