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MLB and MLB Players Association agree to new CBA

By Darril Fosty,

BOX SCORE | NEW YORK (March 11, 2022)

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced they reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement on Thursday.

The three-month lockout has caused opening day to be moved to April 7. Despite the delayed start to the season, a full schedule of 162 games will be played. The most notable change from a fan’s perspective would be the expanded 12-team playoffs.

“Although the result took a little longer than expected, today is a great day for baseball,” said Phillies managing partner John Middleton. “The new collective agreement represents progress for all parties involved. I believe that with our agreement, it will ultimately improve the game for our fans, who deserve the best for their patience in this process. Baseball is finally back and I am beyond thrilled that the 2022 season is upon us.”

MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark said of the contract, “Our union has endured the second-longest work stoppage in union history to make meaningful progress in key areas that will not only improve rights and advantages of current players, but those of future generations.” Clark adding, “The players remained engaged and unified from start to finish, and in the process re-energized our fraternity.”

The MLBPA addressed what it considered its key elements of the 2022-2027 Basic Agreement:

* Significant increases in minimum wages

* Institution of a new $50 million bonus pool that will reward the achievements of players who have not yet reached salary arbitration eligibility

* Significant increases in payroll thresholds applicable under the Competitive Balance Tax

* Amendments to draft rule 4 ordinance to deter tanking

* Draft incentives for clubs that promote top prospects and avoid service time manipulation

* Retirement benefits will continue to be the best allowed by law

* Best-in-class medical benefits for players and their families

* Improved benefits for old players

* Expanded post-season (12 teams)

* A limit on the number of times a player can possibly be assigned to minors in a single season

* Increased spend pools in Draft Rule 4

* A voluntary scouting association for amateur prospects

* A new policy governing commercial agreements with sports betting companies

* Improved revenue streams through jersey and helmet sponsorship deals

* Service credit for players who finish 1st or 2nd in Rookie of the Year voting (without accumulating a full year of Major League service)

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred discussed the owners’ perspective on the CBA deal [Full Press Conference]