As deadline looms, MLB counters with final international draft offer, sources say

With a deadline looming, MLB submitted a final bid for an international draft on Sunday, sources told ESPN.

The league increased the amount of money that would be guaranteed to the top 600 international players by $10 million from $181 million to $191 million, sources said. But the two sides remain very far apart and the prospect of an agreement seems unlikely.

It’s unclear if the MLB Players Association would file another counter Monday or if the union would take MLB’s latest offer seriously enough to put it to a vote under its player leadership.

MLB stayed at $181 million, which went back to its proposal in March when the collective bargaining agreement was ratified and both sides agreed to present a decision on an international draft by July 25. The MLBPA’s first count on July 8 called for at least $260 million. The MLBPA stayed there during its last count on Saturday, in part in response to the MLB not bouncing from $181 million a week earlier.

If the international draft is approved, the qualifying offer system — in which teams lose draft picks as compensation for signing certain mid- to big-league free agents each offseason — would be eliminated. If no agreement is reached, the current qualification offering system and the international market would remain unchanged, the latter being a concern due to widespread corruption across the industry.

The MLB and MLBPA also disagree on how the slots would work (MLB maintains hard slots, while the MLBPA has previously suggested the slots count as minimums) and the maximum that can be paid to undrafted free agents (MLBPA wants $40,000, MLB stays at $20,000). The MLBPA is also unhappy that the league didn’t agree on a proposal that would, among other things, increase bonus pools as the number of international signings dips.

In theory, both sides could agree on an extension, but that seems unlikely from Sunday evening. As deadline looms, MLB counters with final international draft offer, sources say

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