Lockout talks to resume on Saturday

After an 11-day hiatus, Major League Baseball and the players agreed to resume talks on Saturday to resolve the lockout.

The session in New York will follow three days of meetings between major league owners in Orlando. Those meetings conclude on Thursday.

For its part, the players union held meetings in Arizona and Florida.

just the fifth session of negotiations on the overall economic issues since the beginning of December, when the strike was declared.

There is virtually no chance that pre-season training will start on February 16, as planned. This is the first activity affected by the ninth work stoppage in baseball — the first since 1995.

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred will hold a news conference Thursday after the owners meetings. Manfred has not spoken publicly of the impasse in negotiations since December 2, the day the strike began after the expiration of the five-year collective agreement.

On February 1, in the last session of negotiations on the main discrepancies, the union reduced its proposal on the amount of money it demanded for players who were not yet in a position to go to salary arbitration, from 105 to 100 million dollars.

The association also cut the number of players who should be credited with an additional year of service in the majors. It would cover the top 20 of each league position based on WAR, or the top seven, depending on position.

Originally, it required including 30 and 10 in each category.

Two days later, Major League Baseball asked the union to agree to let the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service enter the talks, a proposal the union rejected last Friday.

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A minimum of three weeks of training and preseason games is required to kick off the campaign. Additional time would be needed before players report to camps and go through COVID-19 protocols.

The start of the season is scheduled for March 31.

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