This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.
Today I'm going to depart from my normal prospect evaluations to share information I have heard regarding the status of negotiations between the Major League Player's Association and Major League Baseball regarding the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
The CBA expires December 1, 2021.
I have discussed the progress, or lack of progress, being made toward a new agreement with individuals who work in the game and are very close to the action. I trust what they have told me.
However, I also must remember, and remind readers, my sources are not in the room in which negotiations are taking place. It is entirely possible my sources are getting information their sources want to disseminate. However, I doubt the information is inaccurate. Rather, I think what I have heard is true.
Here is what I have learned:
1. We had heard rumors that ownership offered the players a guaranteed payroll "floor" of $100M per team.
After that item was reported, many in the media indicated that offer never happened. They said it was not a fact. Indeed, they said the owners would never offer each team a payroll floor of $100M. After all, according to Fangraphs.com, the Pittsburgh Pirates finished the season with an estimated payroll of $80M. Could the club survive if their payroll was increased by $20M?
The Tampa Bay Rays finished the season with an estimated payroll of $71M. The Cleveland Indians/Guardians were at an estimated $51M.
According to my source, ownership did, indeed, offer the Player's