In­ter­na­tional draft, free agent com­pen­sa­tion top MLB la­bor is­sues

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Ron­ald Blum

NEW YORK >> Ne­go­tia­tors for base­ball play­ers and own­ers are meet­ing this week in Irv­ing, Texas, in an at­tempt to reach agreement on a col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agreement to re­place the five-year con­tract that ex­pires Thurs­day. Af­ter eight work stop­pages from 1972-95, base­ball has had 21 years of la­bor peace.

Some of the is­sues in ne­go­ti­a­tions:

COM­PEN­SA­TION

hoped, and he is a pro­po­nent of an in­ter­na­tional draft that would cover res­i­dents out­side the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The union has been re­sis­tant.

AM­A­TEUR DRAFT

Teams spent $234 mil­lion in the 2011 draft on ama­teurs re­sid­ing in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The to­tal dropped to $209 mil­lion in the first year of re­straints, went up to $220 mil­lion the fol­low­ing year, then rose to $224 mil­lion in 2014, $249 mil­lion in 2015 and $268 mil­lion this year. The sides are ne­go­ti­at­ing the slot fig­ures used to de­ter­mine sign­ing bonus pools and the penal­ties for ex­ceed­ing pools. Some have ex­pressed con­cern that the slot val­ues early in the first round en­cour­age a team not headed to the post­sea­son to tank in the fi­nal weeks to get higher draft picks and a larger sign­ing bonus pool.

LUX­URY TAX

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