NEW YORK – Baseball players from the Major League went to the box office on Wednesday when the teams solved the bag like never before before they were banned.
The clubs have awarded contracts totaling a record $ 1.4 billion for a single day.
The fourth lockout in the sport’s history became official when Major League Baseball sent an email announcing the move to MLBPA, following a virtual meeting with the 30 owners.
The collective agreement expired at midnight, night Wednesday to Thursday.
“We believe that an offseason lockout is the best mechanism to protect the 2022 season,” said Commissioner Rob Manfred in a letter to fans.
“We hope that the lockout will give new impetus to the negotiations and lead to an agreement that allows the start of the season in time.
“This lockout is necessary because the MLBPA vision would threaten most clubs’ ability to compete.”
Training camps are scheduled to begin on February 16 and the regular season on March 31.
Tony Clark, who heads the players’ association, said that they are united and recognize the need to remain united in order to achieve common goals.
“This drastic and unnecessary measure (lockout) will not affect our determination. The players will have a fair deal,” Clark said in a statement after the lockout.
“We remain committed to a negotiated employment contract that increases competition, improves the product for fans and promotes the rights and benefits of our members.”
The lockout leads to the freezing of signatures and the cancellation of the winter meetings, which were to be held next week.
In addition, players do not have access to the team’s training and weight training facilities.
Major League Baseball has denied a request to reduce the length of service required to gain independence, or to qualify for payroll arbitration.
The last labor dispute was 26 and a half years ago, or 9,740 days.
The current confrontation had taken shape for more than two years.
Major league baseball dealers are said to have left the hotel where the talks were held in the middle of the afternoon – without proposing any real changes in the business model, according to the players.
Among the demands from the players, a correction of the average salary, which is down. They condemn the use of lower paid young players, to the detriment of fired veterans.
Six nine-digit contracts were awarded on Wednesday, including two by Rangers, to Corey Seager and Marcus Semien.
The Tigers have hired Javier Báez, Mets Max Scherzer, Jays Kevin Gausman and Twins Byron Buxton, among several deals.
It was the first time the teams have spent a total of over $ 1 billion in a single day.
“There’s something nice about it,” Scherzer said. Seeing everyone sign at the same time, watching teams spend on winning like that, it’s refreshing.
“During the last dead seasons, it did not move.”
Players and teams may have feared a short period of autonomy until the spring, if the lockout lasts.
Big names are still available as shortstop Carlos Correa, first baseman Freddie Freeman, third baseman Kris Bryant, shortstop Trevor Story and outfielder Nick Castellanos.
These free agents and others may have to wait until spring or later to find a club.