HOUSTON – The ninth labor dispute in Major Baseball history, and the first in 26 years, looks set to take place on December 2, which will cause the free agent market to freeze and threaten to open training camps in February.
Negotiations have been ongoing since last spring, and on both sides it is assumed that the other party has not submitted an offer that will lead to an agreement to replace the collective agreement that is valid for five years. And which ends on December 1 at 11: 59.00
The luxury tax system, implemented at the beginning of the 2003 season, will expire at the conclusion of the current employment contract, with the exception of certain accounting operations and payments for the financial year 2021.
The uncertainty surrounding the 2022 season will probably lead to more frugal teams waiting before making more expensive deals with certain players.
Free agents can sign contracts with any team on day six after the end of the World Series. This year’s free agent group includes Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Freddie Freeman, Trevor Story, Max Scherzer, Marcus Semien, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Michael Conforto and Kevin Gausman.
This slowness in the negotiations is similar to what happened in 1989-1990. On this occasion, the collective agreement expired on 31 December, and the owners announced on 9 January that a lockout would be triggered from 15 February, in the absence of an agreement.
Agreement was reached on March 1 and the opening day was postponed for a week, until April 9, which forced the postponement and reorganization of 78 matches.
From 1972, Major League Baseball was interrupted by eight labor disputes. The last, a player strike, lasted seven and a half months in 1994 and 1995, forcing the World Series to be canceled for the first time in 90 years.