Players Vote To Accept MLB’s Offer On New Labor Deal, Paving Way To End Lockout
NEW YORK (AP) — MLB Players voted to accept MLB’s offer on a new labor deal, paving the way to end the 99-day lockout and salvage the 162-game season.
Major League Baseball and its locked-out players gained momentum toward an agreement on Thursday after the bickering sides agreed to negotiate on an international amateur draft and management made a new counteroffer.
MLB told players if an agreement was reached by 3 p.m. Thursday and ratified later in the day, players could start reporting to spring training on Friday, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
A deal Thursday also would preserve the 162-game schedule and Opening Day would be April 7, a little more than a week after the original March 31 date, the person said.