MLB lockout news: MLB owners, players attain understanding on new CBA

The Athletic MLB Staff

March 11, 2022
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MLB lockout news: MLB owners, players reach agreement on new CBA

The lockout is over and baseball is back. Players and owners on Thursday agreed on major points of a new collective bargaining understanding, and spring preparation volition go underway on Sunday. The commissioner’s office and Major League Baseball game Players Clan reached the agreement Thursday on the 99th day of the owners’ lockout to end the first piece of work stoppage the sport has had in 26 years. Costless bureau and the rest of the sport’s transactions, including trades, tin can resume immediately.

Despite how contentious the lockout was, and how bleak the scene at times looked, the deal’s timing averts worst-example scenarios for the sport. In the end, baseball will notwithstanding have a full 162-game scheduled, with some games rescheduled and the season ultimately starting later on than was originally planned. Spring grooming will be shorter than usual, but the parties avoided doing significant harm to the sport with a prolonged, in-season work stoppage.

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March 11, 2022
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Sectional Q&A with the Yankees’ Zack Britton on moving past the lockout, Rob Manfred, Scott Boras and more

In the wake of months of tough negotiations betwixt the league and the spousal relationship, everyone on the major-league side of the game is looking to focus on the game once more. But the dust is still settling on what were unfortunately, tense negotiations over the hereafter of the game.

The Yankees have 2 players on the MLBPA executive subcommittee — Gerrit Cole and Zack Britton. Cole spoke with
The Able-bodied
on Thursday, presently after an understanding was reached. Britton spoke with
The Able-bodied
on Friday afternoon, explaining his perspective on the negotiation process during a break from packing for leap training.

The league and the union just went through months of contentious negotiations. Is everybody merely going to motility on now that baseball is back on the schedule?

Britton:
“I recall the guys that had been around the negotiations from the commencement understood that there’due south the baseball game that takes place on the field, and so there’s the business side of baseball. You lot’ve got to be able to separate the two. From a negotiation standpoint, I feel similar anything that was contentious is over. There’s respect there. I hope it’south common, only definitely on our side. We have a lot of respect for the owners and Dan Halem, the league’s lead negotiator, even though information technology was really frustrating and fifty-fifty annoying at times. Ultimately, information technology’s a partnership and nosotros’re trying to grow the game and make it more than entertaining for our fans. In my eyes, it’due south a joint mission.”

Check out the full interview below.

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March xi, 2022
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Changes to Florida spring preparation schedule

I’thou hearing from teams in Florida that at that place volition be a new spring training schedule.

Teams will be grouped in similar pods to concluding year, according to geography.

So there will be a Tampa pod, Fort Myers pod and South Florida pod. If yous have tickets, stay tuned for how that works. The Orioles and Pirates will play teams in both the Tampa and Fort Myers pods.

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Senior Writer, MLB

March xi, 2022
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Spousal relationship head Tony Clark: ‘In that location’due south a lot of work to practise with respect to our game’

Tony Clark and Bruce Meyer of the MLBPA addressed the media at their function in Manhattan:

Clark:
“As has been the goal from Day Ane, a fair and equitable deal was the focus”

Meyer:
“This was a long difficult, labor fight… (Players) remained unified throughout in the confront of every pressure tactic in the book. … Players made significant gains in this agreement”

Clark on Rob Manfred’south call yesterday once players voted to take a bargain:
“He did call to congratulate me and us on the ratification. I responded accordingly and suggested to him that there’s a lot of work to do with respect to our game is at.”

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Clark:
“I’chiliad not a fan of drafts in general. Having said that, every bit a function of this understanding, we agreed to have a conversation about the possibility of an international typhoon. … There’s no one rushing to put further restrictions on players, whether domestic or international.”

Meyer:
“The system is we take in terms of the luxury tax, obviously we’d rather in that location was no luxury tax at all. I would disagree with the notion that it’s, every bit you lot say, a difficult cap. I’ve experienced real hard caps in the other sports & believe me they’re much worse than this”

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March 11, 2022
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Drellich: How MLB players won, and why it also feels like they could have won more than

It is pretty remarkable that in 2022, baseball players not but went on the offensive, just really left a stoppage with more than they arrived with, not less. The $20 one thousand thousand increment in the competitive residual tax from 2021 to 2022, now starting at $230 meg this flavor, is the largest increase ever. The $129,500 increment in the minimum salary, upwards to $700,000 for this twelvemonth, is also the largest year-over-year spring. The pre-arbitration bonus puddle amounts to $250 million in new money over the course of the deal lonely.

Even so, it is telling that the union’s vote on the proposal they accepted Thursday afternoon was 26-12. That roughly a 3rd of the executive lath felt there was more to accomplish correct at present, in continued negotiations in 2022, not in the hereafter.

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March 11, 2022
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How will baseball’s new labor deal work? A look into the future

Unless you’re a lawyer, a negotiator or a serious labor wonk, we’re guessing yous won’t be reading all 130 pages of baseball’southward new labor deal. Trust us. It doesn’t exactly cipher along similar “Bossypants.”

And so here’southward the deal. Here at
The Athletic, we practise the heavy lifting so you don’t have to. We’ve dug deep into six of the most of import new aspects of this labor agreement — and we’re happy to give you a preview of why they’re in there, how they’re supposed to work and whether they volition reach their mission.

As always … you’re welcome!

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March 10, 2022
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Rosenthal: Rob Manfred needs to build a partnership with the players

The modern definition of the commissioner job is to human activity in the best interests of the owners, and essentially fake the residual of it.

Alas, Manfred has related so poorly to players, he united them against him, helping produce the second-longest work stoppage in league history. And while he demonstrated rare grace and accountability at a news conference announcing the new labor agreement on Thursday night, his actions going forrard volition speak louder than his words.

The Athletic‘s Ken Rosenthal examines how Manfred needs to bridge the gap below.

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March 10, 2022
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Where will Carlos Rodón sign?

It is hard to know how Rodón will perform in 2022.

Will he resemble the frontline bullpen he was for much of concluding season? Or will he revert to the grade he showed during his first five seasons in Chicago? It is the sort of assay that any interested club must parse.

Rodón could be aristocracy. Or he could be a dud.

The Athletic‘s Andy McCullough breaks information technology all down below.

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March 10, 2022
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One big post-lockout question for each team

With Major League Baseball’s lockout finally over, the focus can get back on the field. And with a frenzy of free-amanuensis signings and potential trades on tap for this weekend, at that place are plenty of questions — for before leap training camps open up and for once real games finally get underway.

Below is ane big question for all 30 teams …

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Exclusive Q&A with Yankees’ Gerrit Cole

Baseball game’due south extended offseason is over. After more than than 3 months of a league-imposed lockout, MLB and its players have agreed to terms on a new commonage bargaining understanding, restarting the sport immediately.

Yankees pitchers Gerrit Cole, Zack Britton and Jameson Taillon all took part in negotiations in person in February, sitting across from Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner at the bargaining table.

Cole and Britton are members of the union’southward 8-role player executive subcommittee, and Taillon served every bit the Yankees’ team representative. The subcommittee unanimously voted “no” on the league’south final proposal, per
The Athletic’due south Ken Rosenthal, as did four team representatives, including the Yankees.

The final vote from players was 26-12 in favor of the CBA.

Before long after the vote was taken, Cole spoke with
The Athletic
about the negotiation process and his position on the PA’s actor subcommittee.

Read the full story below.

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Where will Carlos Correa sign?

Correa, the 27-twelvemonth-old, ii-time All-Star shortstop, was far from blind to the arrival of gratuitous agency.

He made waves when he suggested in the spring of 2021, later on turning downwardly a half-dozen-year, $120 million extension, he would probable be somewhere else in 2022. He wanted to capture a second Globe Serial ring to pair with the tainted championship from 2017. Correa fell short in that endeavor. But he still figures to accumulate generational wealth in free bureau.

An elite form of shortstops filled this market place. Correa was probably the best of the agglomeration, a Gold Glove defender in 2021 who hitting 26 home runs with an .850 OPS.

Where will Correa end up, you ask?
The Athletic‘s Andy McCullough gets into information technology all beneath.

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March 10, 2022
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Where will Freddie Freeman sign?

There is niggling doubt Freeman will be an aristocracy player in 2022. Few hitters have been more than dangerous over the past decade. He won the National League MVP in 2020. His .940 OPS since 2017 ranks seventh amidst all qualified hitters. He looked excellent once again in 2021, with an .896 OPS in the regular flavour and a i.045 OPS in October.

The question for Atlanta, or whatever team pursuing Freeman, involves the perceived wisdom of committing to a long-term deal for a player who turned 32 last September. The actuarial tables on those types of deals tend to dissuade executives and owners. Still there will exist suitors, fifty-fifty if the Braves determine to motion on from the almost recognizable player from their most recent championship squad.

The Athletic‘s Andy McCullough breaks down Freeman’s options in the coming days.

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March 10, 2022
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Manfred on his human relationship with players

Commissioner Manfred says improving his relationship with players is a “priority” moving forward.

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March 10, 2022
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Manfred: ‘We’re going to play 162 games’

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March 10, 2022
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How will MLB’s expanded playoffs work?

Some details emerging on how the expanded playoffs will work:

  • No more Game 163 tiebreakers. All playoff spots volition be determined through NFL-type tiebreaker formulas.
  • No re-seeding for the LDS. No. 1 seed plays winner of No. 4 vs. No. 5 Wild Card Serial. No. 2 seed plays No. 3 vs. No. 6 winner.

Those tiebreaker games have to go away to brand sure the Wild Card Serial can start ii days after the finish of the regular flavour. That’s specially true in this postseason, which has to fit into a tighter window so World Series dates don’t have to be moved.

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March 10, 2022
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Rule changes now crave just a single offseason

MLB can implement rule changes now with a 45-day notice — pregnant, in a single offseason — rather than the prior 1 yr’s notice.

There will be a commission to discuss rules with six league appointees, four actor appointees and one umpire. (The league has more votes, so, MLB has the ability.)

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Senior Writer, MLB

March x, 2022
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March 13 is spring training report date

MLB is calling March 13, which is Sun, a mandatory spring training report appointment, except for players with visa issues, who will have more than time. Regular season goes three days subsequently than originally planned. Other games volition exist made up equally doubleheaders. Opening 24-hour interval Apr 7.

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Senior Writer, MLB

March 10, 2022
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March x, 2022
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Last details of the CBA



Final details of the CBA

Some final details of the CBA:

  • Pre-arbitration bonus pool at $50 million
  • Minimum salary: $700k, $720k, 740k, $760k, $780k
  • CBT thresholds: $230 million-$244 million (In that location is also a new third surcharge, a quaternary level, sometimes referred to every bit the Steve Cohen tax.)
  • Draft lottery at vi picks
  • Universal DH
  • Amateur typhoon is 20 rounds
  • Role player can be optioned v times per yr

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March 10, 2022
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Spring Preparation volition exist underway starting Sun

Players on Th afternoon voted to accept the owners’ latest proposal, and once the owners formally ratify the new 5-year deal — a formality expected later Thursday — the lockout will be lifted and spring training camps will exist underway starting Sunday. The commissioner’southward office and Major League Baseball Players Association reached the tentative understanding on the 99th day of the owners’ lockout to end the first piece of work stoppage the sport has had in 26 years. Free bureau and the balance of the sport’due south transactions, including trades, tin can resume one time the owners sign off.

The MLBPA executive board voted 26-12 to accept the v-year bargain spanning 2022-26, making clear not all players felt it was time to end negotiations. Twenty votes were needed for the owners’ proposal to be approved. The 38-player group is made of an 8-player executive subcommittee and 30 squad actor representatives.

Despite how contentious the lockout was, and how bleak the scene at times looked, the deal’due south timing averts worst-case scenarios for the sport. In the cease, baseball is expected to have Opening Day on April 7 with a full 162-game schedule, with some games rescheduled and the flavor ultimately starting later than was originally planned. Spring training will be shorter than usual, simply the parties avoided doing significant impairment to the sport with a prolonged, in-flavour work stoppage.

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