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Recent stalemate between MLB, Player's Association means likely delay for spring training

In the ongoing Major League Baseball lockout, the MLB Players Association rejected the league’s proposal on Friday for a federal mediator in labor negotiations.

The stalemate means that spring training will almost certainly be delayed.

The two parties have met four times over the past 65 days of labor stoppage, and MLB opted to ask for federal mediation this week rather than countering a recent offer from the Player’s Association.

The players declined the league’s request to involve the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and negotiations are not expected to continue at all next week.

Players are supposed to report to training camp on Feb. 16, with the first Cactus League games taking place Feb. 26, but it is unclear if an agreement will be made before then.

MLB requires at least three weeks of training camp and exhibition games before the regular season begins.

Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.