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We have a deal! MLB and Players’ Association agree to a new CBA, Opening Day scheduled for April 7

There it is!

After a long, frustrating process, Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association have tentatively agreed to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement that will cover 2022 through 2026…

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I’ll update this with information as it comes in…

  • The off-season will resume tonight at 6 PM ET as the trade and free-agent signing freeze will be lifted once the deal is officially ratified.
  • Spring Training games will start between March 18 and March 20, with players heading down to report to Florida and Arizona immediately.
  • Opening Day will be on April 7, which, as Mike Wilner points out, is the 45-year anniversary of the Blue Jays’ first-ever game. All 162 games will be played as the season will be extended by three days and the rest of the games will be made up with double-headers.
  • MLB will have the right in 2023 to implement a pitch clock, a restrictive shift forcing all four infielders to be on the dirt when the pitch is thrown, and enlarged bases. We’ll also see a return to nine-inning doubleheaders and regular extra-inning rules as the man on second is a thing of the past.
  • As expected, the post-season will expand to a 12-team format, thought the details on how that’ll specifically work aren’t yet known.