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Baseball is back: MLB, MLBPA reach agreement on new labor deal

Official! The collective bargaining agreement has been ratified.

Miguel Rojas #19 of the Miami Marlins smiles against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Our unnecessarily long national nightmare is over. As first reported by Daniel Álvarez of El Extrabase—and of Marlins Jeopardy fame—Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association have found common ground on a new collective bargaining agreement. The MLB lockout lasted 99 days.

Marlins Opening Day will be April 8 on the road against the Giants, preceded by an abbreviated, regionalized spring training. The regular season schedule will be extended by three days and include several doubleheaders in order to cram in a full 162 games.

Since December 2, there have not been any moves involving players on MLB 40-man rosters...until now. The league’s transaction freeze was lifted at 7 p.m. ET.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the players who voted against the final proposal were the eight members of the union’s executive subcommittee and reps from the Mets, Yankees, Astros and Cardinals. Craig Mish of SportsGrid confirms that Marlins player rep Miguel Rojas was part of the majority who pushed it through.

As a refresher, here is the Marlins’ depth chart coming out of the lockout. They were in active negotiations to add even more talent via both free agency and trade when the lights went out, particularly in the form of a veteran, bat-first outfielder.

Buckle up for the best kind of chaos.