Tigers Owner Chris Ilitch reportedly opposed MLB's offer sent to players

Posted at 8:24 AM, Mar 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-04 08:24:41-05

(WXYZ) — Detroit Tigers owner Chris Ilitch was reportedly one of four owners who didn't even want to offer a deal to players on Tuesday. The deal that was offered was later rejected.

According to Evan Drellich of The Athletic, four owners opposed offering the deal. Along with Ilitch, they were reportedly Bob Castellini of the Cincinnati Reds, Ken Kendrick of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Arte Moreno of the Los Angeles Angels.

The Athletic reports that those four didn't want to raise the luxury tax to $220 million. The MLB eventually moved forward with that proposal anyway, despite the objections by the four owners.

According to The Athletic, some of the four owners reportedly took their stance "based on their personal feelings toward costs and baseball's economic systems."

Negotiations broke off Tuesday after the ninth straight day of meetings in Jupiter, Florida, and baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that opening day on March 31 and the first two series for each team this season had been canceled. He said there would be insufficient training time for the March 31 openers.

The Tigers' previous owner, the late Mike Ilitch, was a major spender in the league and the team went past the luxury tax in 2016 and in 2017. Mike Ilitch had even said he doesn't care about spending money, and had constantly added players at high costs.