Mar 10, 2022 - Sports

MLB reaches agreement with players, ending a months-long lockout

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A baseball sits on a practice field on the first day of full-squad workouts during Cubs spring training on Feb. 22, 2021, at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona. Photo: Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have reached an agreement, ending the longest lockout in its history after a months-long labor fight, multiple outlets reported.

Why it matters: With the new deal, free agency starts Thursday night and players can report for spring training as early as Friday, ESPN reports.

The big picture: Long-simmering tensions between MLB and its players' union had led both sides to accuse the other of not wanting to strike a deal.

  • At the heart of the dispute were core issues including the Competitive Balance Tax, minimum salaries and payment systems for young players.
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