According to Jeff Passan of ESPN there has been a tentative agreement between the players and the owners. And baseball is back.
BREAKING: Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have reached a tentative agreement on a new labor deal, sources tell ESPN. While it still needs to be ratified by both parties, that is expected to be a formality, and when it is:
Baseball is back.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 10, 2022
There’s a lot of stuff that goes into a collective bargaining agreement. We probably won’t know all of the details for a while. And at least for right now, in this moment, 99% of people don’t care about any of them. What matters is that baseball is back and at least for the next five years there won’t be any stoppages for reasons revolving around labor.
So what does an agreement being reached mean for getting back to actual baseball things? Well, assuming that the tentative agreement becomes a fully signed on the dotted line agreement, free agency may actually begin again tonight. That also opens up the ability for teams to make trades for players who are on the 40-man roster.
Major League Baseball’s spring training will begin on Sunday March 13th.
Opening Day will now take place on April 7th according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. For the Cincinnati Reds that means they will begin their season on the road against the Atlanta Braves. The home opener will be on Tuesday April 12th against the Cleveland Guardians.
Not having the season begin in Cincinnati doesn’t feel right. But the last time the Reds started the season on the road was in 1990 and some good things happened that season for the Redlegs. We aren’t saying you need to be superstitious, but you should be at least a little stitious.
Some of what we know
As noted above, we won’t know all of the inner-workings of the new CBA for a while. But we do know some of the things that were included.
- Increased minimum salaries
- Higher luxury tax threshold
- Designated hitter added to the National League
- A draft lottery
- 12 teams in the postseason
- A limit on the number of times a player can be optioned in 1 season
The two sides also agreed that they would continue to discuss an international draft. There is a deadline of July 25th to come to an agreement on that. If there can be no deal agreed upon the rules around the signing of international players will remain as they are currently.