MLB lockout update today: Where things stand after agreement on international draft

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has to navigate an MLB lockout. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has to navigate an MLB lockout. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports) /

Here is everything you need to know about the status of the MLB lockout after another week of games were “canceled.”

There was yet another deadline for MLB and the Player’s Association to reach a deal, and that was Wednesday, March 9. But, due to disagreements regarding the international draft and qualifying offers, the MLB announced that another week of games are being removed from the 2022 season.

Even though both sides could not reach an agreement on Wednesday, they are still scheduled to talk on Thursday. Here is the latest update on the MLB lockout.

MLB lockout update after league removes another week of games from schedule

As mentioned earlier, one of the main issues that derailed any progress on reaching a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement was the international draft. The league wants to implement it, while the players are against it. The league then gave the players three options regarding the international draft, which you can read in The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal’s tweet below.

The players countered those three options by pushing a deadline for an agreement on an international draft until Nov. 15, per The Athletic’s Evan Drellich.

Players such as Max Scherzer and Francisco Lindor were among those tweeting their dissatisfaction with where things stand.

If there is no agreement, then the qualifying offer returns for the 2022-23 offseason and the international system remains in place.

That resulted in the league announcing that another week on the 2022 schedule was removed, meaning that Opening Day would not take place until at least Apr. 14. Important to note that in Manfred’s statement, he did not use the word “canceled.” Jayson Stark of The Athletic tweeted out that he heard the MLB can still have a 162-game schedule if they are to agree to a deal on Thursday, March 10.

In regard to those talks, they will be taking place over the phone. Drellich notes that while both sides are going to discuss the international draft and the qualifying offer, they are still apart on other issues.

Jeff Passan reported there was an agreement reached on the international draft

This is significant as the two sides work to reach a resolution.

Much like you have in the past couple of weeks, stay tuned, as we will keep you updated on the latest on the MLB lockout.

Update: Negotiations are now focused on luxury tax thresholds and minimum salaries.

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