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The players and owners had another marathon bargaining session that lasted into Wednesday morning and more progress was made. The owners upped their CBT proposal to $230 million, with increases to $242 million by the end of the five-year deal. However, that proposal came with more penalties for those who exceeded that threshold, which has already been dubbed “The Steve Cohen tax.”
Since we already discussed the four owners who didn’t even want to go to $220 million, MLB must feel that the additional taxes will be enough to reign in the Mets, Dodgers and other big market teams – at least enough to pacify the swing owners to get MLB to 23 votes.
In a story by The Athletic, there was an interesting idea in the comments section, which proposed that any money received by MLB for any team that went over the CBT to go to the pre-arbitration player pool. At first glance this seems like a great idea. Until you remember that the whole idea is to take away money from the players and redistribute it to owners. It’s way more important for Bob Castellini to get more money than for it to go to Pete Alonso.