MLB News: Lockout Ends, League and MLBPA Agree to New CBA

Baseball is back!

After months and months of back and forth, MLB and the MLBPA officially agreed to a new CBA on Thursday.

Passan also reports that the MLBPA voted 26-12 in favor of the league’s CBA proposal.

MLB and the MLBPA finally found common ground on the key topics that had been holding up the new CBA: luxury tax threshold, pre-arbitration bonus pool, minimum player salaries, and the international draft.

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, Opening Day is set for April 7th. A full 162-game regular season slate will be played with doubleheaders being utilized to make up for lost time. In order to fit in a full season, season will be extended three days and players will receive full pay.

MLB players are expected to arrive at spring training in the coming days and the start of spring training is “imminent” says The Athletic’s Evan Drellich.

Per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, free agency can start tonight assuming the deal is ratified by both sides. Now that the deal is done, free agents, including former Dodgers Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, and Joe Kelly, can resume negotiating with teams. It also means that teams can now make trades and execute transactions with 40-man roster players.

Hopefully, the next CBA negotiation is much quicker, but the bottom line is, baseball is back!

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