MLB & MLBPA Agree To New CBA
We’re going to play ball this year, as MLB and the MLB Players Association have agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement to put the kibosh on the 99-day lockout.
The season—a full 162-game schedule—is set to begin on April 7, but free agency has already begun.
Here are some highlights from the new deal:
– Pre-arbitration bonus pool at $50 million;
– Minimum salary will start at $700,000 and increase to $720,000, 740,000, $760,000, $780,000
– The CBT will range from $230 million to $244 million;
– The draft lottery is at six picks; the amateur draft is 20 rounds;
– A universal designated hitter;
– A player can be optioned five times per year.
Some final details of a CBA where players made some notable gains:
• Pre-arb bonus pool at $50m
• Min salary: $700k, $720k, 740k, $760k, $780k
• CBT: $230m-$244m
• Draft lottery at 6 picks
• Universal DH
• Amateur draft is 20 rounds
• Player can be optioned 5 times per yr
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) March 10, 2022
“I think we made an agreement when it was possible to make an agreement,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said.
The key quote from Rob Manfred, on how he begins to build trust with players so that a more harmonious relationship might develop … pic.twitter.com/lZeJNRDLbF
— Alden González (@Alden_Gonzalez) March 10, 2022
Players achieve key objectives in new Basic Agreement pic.twitter.com/9Vqke9UqxX
— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) March 11, 2022
One interesting nugget in the new agreement: Starting in 2023, the schedule will feature fewer divisional games, and every team will play at least one series against every other opponent, including in the other league. The exact format is still being determined.
— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) March 10, 2022
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