December 1st is when baseball’s current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires. 8 days ahead of that, there’s word that each side is starting to dig in on multiple remaining issues. Trouble is, the fans didn’t put “Lockout” on their Christmas lists.
One of the compensations that the players would like to see is a 26th roster spot – which would instant create 30 new “jobs” at the major league level. However, that seems tied to the idea of limiting roster space in September, when literally everyone on a 40-man roster could be called up to fill the benches – which creates competition concerns.
No – none of these items seem ‘easy’ to resolve. But the talk of a Lockout situation is entirely the wrong answer at this time.
It would send a horrible message to fans that might be returning to the game, and would squander all of the good will earned over the past decade in building a ‘clean’, family-friendly sport.
So even if negotiations have to go into extra innings… extra days… extra weeks. Do that. Agree to disagree for now and extend the current CBA to January 1 or January 15… whatever it takes.
A lockout now would be the worst thing you could do for the sport.