• Loading stock data...
Friday, July 19, 2024
Join us this September for Tuned In Request to Attend

Players Reject MLB Owners’ Final International Draft Offer

  • MLB and the MLBPA failed to reach a deal on an international draft by Monday's deadline.
  • A deal would have changed MLB's free agency system.
Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

MLB and its players association failed to reach a deal on an international draft, ending the last remnants of their collective bargaining negotiations that led to a 99-day lockout prior to the 2022 season.

The players rejected the owners final offer on Monday, which was the deadline for the two sides to reach a deal.

In March, the two sides agreed to table talks on an international draft and established Monday’s deadline. 

  • With the deadline looming, MLB presented what it called its final offer, which included $191 million in guaranteed money for the top 600 international players. The MLBPA had proposed $260 million.
  • The league proposed that non-negotiable amounts would go to each player, based on draft order, while the MLBPA proposed that slot amounts act as minimums.
  • The two sides were also split on the maximum a team could offer to undrafted free agents, with MLB proposing $20,000 and the MLBPA twice that.

Quantifying the Qualifying Offer

Had the two sides reached an agreement, the qualifying offer system would have been eliminated. Under those rules, teams may offer their players that file for free agency a one-year deal at a set price.

Should the player reject the qualifying offer and sign with another team, the signing team will lose a draft pick to the previous team.

The qualifying offer for the 2022 season was set at $18.4 million. Only San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt accepted the offer out of 14 recipients.

Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

St. Pete Approves $1.3 Billion Rays Stadium, Ending Relocation Rumors

St. Petersburg’s city council formally approves the MLB club’s $1.3 billion stadium plan.

MLB Attendance and Ratings on the Rise at Midway Point

MLB will enter the season’s second half with gains in attendance and national TV viewership.

Braves’ Bold Plans, Political Backdrop Shape All-Star Game Prep

The Braves plan a series of upgrades to Truist Park while looking to avoid dwelling on state politics.

MLB’s Newest Power Couple: Skenes, Dunne Make Waves Beyond Diamond

The star Pirates rookie and his NIL influencer girlfriend turn heads at MLB’s All-Star Game.
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

‘EA Sports College Football 25’: It’s More Than a Game


Featured Today

Jan 7, 2024; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley (0) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium.
July 14, 2024

Without Hard-Line Bans, Pro Athletes and Personnel Will Keep Betting on Sports

Penalties often aren’t stringent or consistent enough to deter banned behavior.
Oct 2, 2021; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goddell speaks during the Don Shula Celebration of Life at Hard Rock Stadium.
July 13, 2024

The NFL Is Confident It Can Overturn the Sunday Ticket Verdict

The league may have good reason to believe it can win.
July 8, 2024

NFLPA Report Cards Have Become the ‘Talk of the Locker Room’ Across..

NFLPA report cards have become the ‘talk of the locker room.’

Caleb Williams’s Contract Requests Could Have Changed the NFL

Williams asked for several unusual clauses and tax dodges.
July 2, 2024

NBA and NHL Free Agency: Billions in New Deals Despite Economic Unrest

Rising revenues and salary caps are helping fuel a run of historic contracts.
July 17, 2024

Angel City FC Sale Official at Record $250 Million Valuation

Disney CEO Bob Iger and wife Willow Bay now control the club.

TopSpin 2K25 Brings the Legends of Tennis to Your Living Room

2K sports is reviving a classic with TopSpin 2K25.
July 1, 2024

Bobby Bonilla Day: A Look at MLB’s Top Deferral Deals and Ohtani’s Pact

Well beyond Bobby Bonilla, many current and former MLB stars have their own lucrative deferrals.
June 24, 2024

Tiger’s Golf League Hits $500 Million Valuation Before First Swing

TGL will begin play in January 2025.
June 13, 2024

The ‘Big’ in Big 12 Could Soon Be Replaced With a Sponsor’s Name

Allstate is said to be in discussions about a deal with the Big 12.
June 13, 2024

Everything You Need to Know About the Schism Rocking Competitive Eating

The business story about hot dogs that you never knew you needed.