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Test For MLB Players Will Be How Deal Looks To Them In ’26

Mar 11, 2022, 9:41 AM | Updated: 9:42 am

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NEW YORK (AP) — Now comes the test: Will baseball players be happy with their new collective bargaining agreement in 2026?

They clearly were unhappy with the just-expired five-year contract, which saw payrolls drop to their lowest level since 2015.

The new agreement raises the competitive-balance tax threshold by $34 million over five years, up from a $21 million hike over the 2017-21 deal and an $11 million rise from 2011-16.

Young star players were the biggest beneficiary of the deal.

 

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Test For MLB Players Will Be How Deal Looks To Them In ’26