MLB lockout talks resume in Florida as openers come under threat

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball’s negotiations to salvage the resumption of Opening Day at a new venue Monday: Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.

Colorado Rockies CEO Dick Monfort, chairman of the owners’ labor policy committee, was due to join an executive delegation that included Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem, the clubs’ chief negotiator.

Bruce Meyer, the union’s chief negotiator, was to be joined by players. The site of the negotiations is about 3 miles from the house of New York Mets pitcher Max Scherzeramong the eight players on the union’s executive sub-committee.

The ballpark would typically be the spring training home of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals at this time of year, but training did not start on time last Wednesday due to baseball’s ninth work stoppage, the first since 1995.

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Monday’s session will be just the seventh on basic economics since the lockdown began on December 2, and the sides have only met once on consecutive days, the January 24 and 25. MLB said Friday it intends to have meetings with the union every day over the coming week.

The lockdown enters its 82nd day on Monday. MLB Friday Spring training games canceled from February 26 to March 4.

While owners and players participated via Zoom, the only ones to attend an in-person session were Monfort and free agent reliever Andrew Miller on January 24.

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Until now, all discussions during the lockout had taken place in New York at the offices of the MLB and the players’ association.

MLB told the union that February 28 was the last possible day to reach an agreement allowing opens March 31given the desire for four weeks of training and extra time to ratify a deal and get players to show up at camps in Florida and Arizona.

But the sides have agreed to cut training time after spring training was halted in 1990, 1995 and 2020.

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