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MLB Appears Open to Lockout When CBA Expires

  • Major League Baseball appears open to a lockout should it fail to reach an agreement with its players by December 1.
  • Negotiations with the MLBPA have been moving slowly.
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Major League Baseball could be headed for a lockout, as labor negotiations between the league and its players association are progressing slowly.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said that the Dec. 1 expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement is not a hard deadline for agreeing to a new CBA.

“I can’t believe there’s a single fan in the world who doesn’t understand that an offseason lockout that moves the process forward is different than a labor dispute that costs games,” Manfred said on Thursday.

  • A lockout would put a hold on all MLB transactions.
  • The league is not required to initiate a lockout after the CBA expires but may choose to do so.

The MLB free-agent market has been robust thus far, particularly for starting pitchers. Justin Verlander and Noah Syndergaard — two aces coming off Tommy John surgery — signed one-year deals for $25 million and $21 million, respectively.

As many as 12 free agents are predicted to land contracts worth $100 million or more.

Should the two sides fail to reach an agreement before the season is set to start in March, MLB could face a shortened or even canceled season.

The league suffered around $3 billion in operational losses in 2020, due to a shortened season played mostly in empty stadiums.

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