NEW YORK – Major League Baseball and Players Union have agreed to move the deadline for contract offers to some players to save them insecurity in the event of a work stoppage.
The deadline for submitting a contract has been moved from 2 December to 30 November at 20.00.
The collective agreement expires on 1 December at 23.59, and MLB and the union are not expected to agree on a new agreement until then. A lockout and training stop can begin on December 2.
The teams have until the deadline to decide whether to offer contracts for 2022 to players with less than six years of major league service, including those who qualify for arbitration.
The labor dispute can last for several months.
If a training stop begins on December 2, athletes who have not had a contract offer may not know if they will achieve free agent status before a late date, compared to the start of the season.