Both sides have been uncharacteristically quiet as negotiations continue after two meetings last week. There are reportedly still many points of contention to address. At one point Feb. 1 was hailed as a date for a deal to be reached in order to avoid a delay of spring training, then Feb. 8, and now all bets are off the table.
As nature and Twitter abhor a vacuum, pundits are all over the pace of talks and where things stand. The Athletic is already proclaiming the beginning of the season two months away is already in serious doubt:
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) January 31, 2022
while other outlets, like ESPN, are taking a more measured approach to things. The folks actually running spring training are still prepping for a normal launch later this month, holding hiring fairs and setting up operations, And with minor-league players–that is, those players not on the 40-man roster–set to report to camps around Feb. 21, there’s the plausible chance we could see camp begin with minor leaguers in lineups and MLB players reporting later should a deal be reached.
In short, there is a lot of opining out there from the peanut gallery, but they’re not in the room where it happens–and we aren’t either.