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MLB, MLBPA reach tentative agreement to end lockout

MLB and MLBPA still need to sign the deal but that is expected to be a formality.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred talks with General manager James Click of the Houston Astros prior to Game One of the World Series between the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on October 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

March 10 update: Well, it only took one day after the additional postponement for MLB and MLBPA to reach an agreement. It looks like baseball is back. Opening Day is set for April 7, per Jeff Passan and Jesse Rogers.

March 9 update: MLB has postponed Opening Day 2022 until at least April 14, and there’s no guarantee games will start that day as it is only the first potential postponement. What’s certain is there will be no baseball in March.

March 4 update: There’s some things the player’s union and MLB need to work on, but an expanded postseason field looks to be one of the points of contention when the sides attempt to resume talks on a CBA.

March 1 update: Well, it’s not looking for baseball fans and bettors when it comes to the start of the season happening soon. The commissioner has basically said he’s ready to scrap games, which means the original date for Opening Day is not likely to happen.

March 1 update: There’s no deal ahead of MLB’s 5 p.m. ET deadline, which means Opening Day 2022 is very much in jeopardy.

February 25 update: MLB announced that spring training games March 6 and 7 have been postponed due to the owners’ lockout out of the players. The owners and players continue meeting in Jupiter, Florida to negotiate the collective bargaining agreement.

February 18 update: MLB has officially postponed Spring Training games through March 5 as the lockout between the league and MLBPA continues.

February 17 update: It seems like MLBPA was willing to concede some points regarding arbitration eligibility for players for a bump in the bonus pool but MLB is not willing to go there. The lockout doesn’t look to be ending at any point soon.

Major League Baseball has officially delayed the start of 2022 Spring Training. There was no official announcement, but pitchers and catchers were scheduled to arrive on Tuesday, February 15, and that’s not happening.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has continued to insist the 2022 regular season can start on time, but it’s hard to see that happening. Opening Day is scheduled for Thursday, March 31. There have been reports the league would want a minimum of a four-week spring training to get the season started. That would mean getting spring training started no later than the first week of March, which is two weeks away.

The two sides have made modest progress, but the economics remain far apart. MLB made its most recent proposal on February 12, and reports after that meeting indicated the players were “unimpressed” by the owners’ proposal.

The most recent news around that offer came from ESPN in which Jeff Passan reported the league wants to have the power to eliminate hundreds of minor league playing jobs through a reduction of the Domestic Reserve List. That list governs the number of minor league players a team can roster at any time, and the league reportedly wants to reduce the number from 180 to 150 at some point in the future.

The union does not represent minor league players, but the negotiations cover areas that impact those players, including the amateur draft and the international signing system. The two sides have agreed on a 20-round amateur draft, per Passan. This all comes as a class-action lawsuit concerning low wages works its way through the federal court system.