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As long as the protracted negotiations over the MLB-MLBPA collective bargaining agreement lasted, they didn’t start the season with all loose ends accounted for.
The biggest was the idea of an international draft, which the league attached to the qualifying offer. If the union acquiesced to their wishes for a draft that eliminated the current loophole-ridden, scandal-plagued system, then the league would remove any compensation for free agents.
Monday was the deadline for reaching a deal, and no deal came close to being reached.
MLB’s offer from March — one it says had been on the table since July 2021 — called for a 20-round, hard-slot draft that would guarantee $181 million to the top 600 international players, with up to $20,000 to spend on an unlimited number of undrafted free agents. MLBPA made its first counterproposal on July 8, marking the first time the union had formally agreed to any version of an international draft. It sought at least $260 million for the 600 picks, with slots acting as minimums, and up to $40,000 to spend on undrafted players.
When the league’s counterproposal on July 15 didn’t move a single dollar, MLBPA did the same, keeping its number at $260 million during a face-to-face meeting Saturday in New York. A day later, MLB submitted its final offer with hopes that it would be submitted to player leadership for a vote. It never got that far — and the union stresses that money was only part of the problem.
- Luis Pineda went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
- Chase Krogman, 1-for-2 with a walk and an HBP.
- Dario Borrero singled, walked and struck out twice.
- Victor Quezada wore the golden sombrero.
- Cam Butler struck out twice and was plunked once.
- Manuel Veloz: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
- Guillermo Rodriguez went 1-for-4.
- Erick Hernandez, 1-for-3.
- Ryan Burrowes was 0-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout. He was picked off.
- Loidel Chapelli was 0-for-2.
- Carlos Jimenez, 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.