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Braves News: Baseball is Back in Business

SB Nation logo SB Nation 3/11/2022 Kaitlyn Monnin
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MLB and MLBPA finally came to an agreement on a new CBA after the prolonged 99-day lockout. After resuming negotiations on Tuesday and continuing them into Wednesday morning, there began to be signs of hope for baseball’s return. Thursday’s meeting solidified the end of the lockout, as both parties were able to agree on the CBT, pre-arbitration pool, and other issues.

Thursday’s progress yielded to the CBA ratification, which also opened up free agency on Thursday evening.

The new CBA brought quite a few changes. The agreement altered minimum salary, pre-arbitration bonus pool, postseason expansion, and much more. More details of these changes can be found here.

Opening day has been officially set for April 7, which puts Spring Training games beginning March 17 or 18. With these dates put in place, the arbitration hearing date has become March 22. This is a huge day for the Braves as they have 9 players that are arbitration-eligible.

In addition, the Rule 5 Draft has been canceled this year.

With the lockout officially lifted, expect a busy next few days around baseball, with some huge free agent signings.

More Braves News:

A glance at the Braves 40-man roster at the end of the MLB lockout.

Outlining 9 moments that made Otis Nixon a Very Good Brave.

Podcasts:

Find out more about the return of baseball in yesterday’s episode of Battery Power.

MLB News:

The Padres signed INF Mitch Walding to a minor league deal. The former Phillie has spent most of his career in the infield but is being converted to a catcher.

The Blue Jays signed RHP Joe Biagini to a minor league deal on Thursday. Biagini is returning to the team in which he made his big league debut in 2016.

The Blue Jays signed 1B Greg Bird to a minor league deal. Bird did not find himself on a 40-man roster last season.

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