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MLB players, owners come to terms on new CBA

MLB players, owners come to terms on new CBA

Major League Baseball won't face a lockout, and that's because the union and the Players Association worked out a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The peace in baseball is in contrast to the recent labor histories of other major sports.

That was no certainty considering the state of negotiations a week before the deadline. Coming down to the wire yesterday, owners and players agree to five more years of "peace and quiet" away from the table of labor negotiations. As Thursday's deadline approached, it became clear neither side wanted to ruin a good thing. The league is also looking to include additional global games in places including Mexico City and London. The owners argued in favor of draft, mainly as a way to save money on signing global free agents.

■ Schedule modification. This is a victory for the players and for the game itself.

The owners reportedly were pushing hard to implement an global draft for the unstated goal of limiting labor costs on the worldwide market.

Along with luxury tax threshold increases, details that have emerged regarding the new agreement include roster expansion discussions and the handling of worldwide free agency. From there it will increase to $197 million in 2018, $206 million in 2019, $209 million in 2020 and $210 million in 2021. In three seasons with Akron, Wallace has guided the RubberDucks to a 223-202 mark.

- The luxury tax is still $189 Million this offseason, but next offseason the luxury tax will rise to $195 Million. Even so, the players didn't do so bad- there were no changes to their guaranteed contracts.

A luxury tax was imposed based on a team salary threshold aimed at reining in the payroll disparity between big-spending teams and small market clubs, who now also benefit from increased revenue sharing. The MLBPA saw the current qualifying offer system as a considerable detriment to players who had accrued the required six years of service time for free agency, yet consistently saw their markets soured by draft-pick compensation attached to their services.

A player has to be on a team an entire season to receive a qualifying offer.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale has more information on the taxing system for teams that spend over the limit. Instead, if a team is above the luxury tax, they will lose the second round pick, the fifth round pick and $1,000,000.

In a win for the players, only one qualifying offer may happen period. Both MLB and MLBPA stood to lose an bad lot of money and goodwill with a work stoppage.

The structure of the deal is in place with details to be finalized and a memorandum of understanding will be drafted, which must be ratified by both sides, the league's official website reported.

Among the big points of the CBA is the qualifying offer. If the owners did lock the players out, it would have paused the offseason.

The owners offered to resolve two of the biggest issues by offering a straight exchange, telling the players they would eliminate direct draft-pick compensation in free agency in exchange for the right to implement an global draft, sources said. This could facilitate a change in ownership, or the team moving altogether.

While Rosenthal's report did raise questions about a potential work stoppage with the winter meetings scheduled to begin December 4, Mark Armour of the Society for American Baseball Research tried to ease those fears.