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The first 2 regular season series has been canceled because the MLBPA rejects MLB’s final proposal

The first 2 regular season series has been canceled because the MLBPA rejects MLB's final proposal

The MLBPA player leaders unanimously agreed not to accept the final MLB proposal, and there was no agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement before the MLB deadline of 5 p.m. ET.

MLB threatened to cancel opening day March 31 without a new deal, Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.

“The calendar dictates that we will not be able to play the first two series of the regular season and those matches are officially cancelled,” Manfred said.

The parties will return home after nine days of negotiations and outline the next steps to return to the negotiating table.

“It is not possible to reach an agreement until at least Thursday,” Manfred said as the union representation left for Florida.

The union is expected to address the media at 6:30 p.m. ET.

MLB’s final proposal, delivered before 4 p.m. Tuesday, offered an increase from $25 million to $30 million in pre-arbitration bonus pool each year for the duration of the deal, while the league wants to start with $85 million in pool and increase by 5. Millions of dollars every year. On the collective balance tax frontier, the league’s latest bid has remained the same, which started at $220 million and ran for three years before rising to $224 million in year 4 and $230 million in year 5. The league wants to start at $238 million With increases to $244 million, $250 million, and $256 million, and ending at $263 million.

The league also increased its proposal for minimum salaries from $675,000 to $700,000, an increase of $10,000 per year. These numbers are based on the increase in the number of post-season teams to 12 and the addition of five lottery slots in the draft.

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Information from ESPN’s Jeff Bassan and Jesse Rogers was used in this report.