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Good morning baseball fans! Are you excited?! A new collective bargaining agreement has been reached, successfully avoiding a lockout by a few hours. Oh MLB, we never doubted you for a second.
Here’s a roundup of what’s going on in the American League West.
So, speaking of that new CBA...here’s everything you’re going to want to know for the next five years.
“Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball’s Players Association reached a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement Wednesday night, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
The deal will be in place for five years, Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan first reported. The current CBA was scheduled to expire Wednesday.”
MLB's new collective-bargaining agreement will take them past a quarter century of labor peace. Incredible considering the league's history.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 1, 2016
(Same Jeff, same)
The Andrew McCutchen plot is thickening.
“The Pirates are not only getting calls expressing interest in McCutchen, but they are actually actively shopping their star centerfielder, according to Jeff Passan.
The Rangers and Nationals also aren’t the only team being contacted about McCutchen. While many teams have likely checked in on his availability, the Mariners have also had discussions about acquiring McCutchen.”
There’s always a party at Napoli’s. Question is, where will that party location be? (Fingers crossed for a bidding war)
“The Rangers, Indians, and Red Sox are among the teams pursuing Mike Napoli, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports. Napoli has also seen interest from the Yankees and the Astros, though they aren’t as involved.
Napoli is seeking a three-year deal, which would put him at 38 at the end of his deal.”
Speaking of a bidding war, Edwin Encarnacion has the Astros and Blue Jays vying after him.
“Encarnacion is likely to decide on a new club at some point within the next week, his agent Paul Kinzer told TSN’s Rick Westhead in a radio appearance Tuesday. At the latest, Encarnacion would sign during next week’s Winter Meetings, which run from Dec. 4 to Dec. 8 outside of Washington, D.C.”
But don’t fall for fake news, dear readers. If you hear that Encarnacion has already signed with Houston, you’ve been duped.
Asked Edwin Encarnacion's agent, Paul Kinzer, where things stand. His response: pic.twitter.com/FGeFVjmmDL— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 1, 2016
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