MLB and MLBPA agree to move bidding deadline

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association -MLBPA- they agreed to move the this year’s deadline for teams to submit contracts to players eligible for arbitration from December 2 to November 30 at 8:00 pm EST.

The decision moves the bidding period before the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement, which is scheduled for December 1 at 11:59 p.m. M. EST. If no new agreement is reached within the next eight days, it is generally expected that the league would institute a lockout and freeze on subsequent transactions:

The MLBPA recently produced a 36-page document outlining the possible parameters of a lockout for players and their representatives. Leaving the bidding deadline to December 2 would have left players eligible for arbitration in a state of limbo over the course of a possible transaction freeze.

Many may have been left uncertain as to whether their current clubs intended to bring them back next season while they await a negotiation process that could take weeks or months to resolve.

In that context, the final hours of the current collective agreement could represent a hectic time for teams eager to finalize moves before potential transactions are frozen.

Meanwhile, certain players could feel pressured to sign contracts for 2022 rather than risk having to remain in free agency during the course of a lockout and face a potentially hasty free agent period if CBA negotiations were delayed close. or until Spring Training next year.

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By forcing teams to make the final decision on their arbitration-eligible players early, some unsold options could look to catch up with a new club on Dec. 1 and avoid that uncertainty entirely.

Rafael Martinez

I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Bachelor of Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services in Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and after a few days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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MLB and MLBPA agree to move bidding deadline