We may be in the final stages of the MLB lockout.
The league and the union seem to be making progress on the core economic issues that have held up an agreement for so long.
They already reached an agreement to resolve the international draft holdup, agreeing to negotiate on the matter until July 25, with draft pick compensation tied to free agency going away if they decide to move forward with the draft.
But more encouraging news came out today, with MLB Network’s Tom Verducci saying that if an agreement is finally reached today, then free agency could finally resume tonight.
Free agency could open by *tonight* if there is a CBA agreement today, Tom Verducci just reported on @MLBNetwork.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) March 10, 2022
Hot Stove Season Pt. 2?
This is a major development and is great news if it is true.
When free agency picks back up again, then a wild two weeks will ensue with teams signing players left and right in a final effort to finish constructing their rosters for the 2022 season.
It could all start tonight if they can reach an agreement on a new CBA.
They could also still save the typical 162-game season.
They would just have to cram in some doubleheaders and add a couple days on at the end of the regular season schedule, but it can be done.
Having free agency resume will be a treat to all fans.
While the offseason can be a boring time due to their being no baseball games actually happening, at least there’s activity in free agency.
That will hopefully help heal some of the damage done by the lockout.
Fans were robbed off Hot Stove season, and when it finally heats up again, it will turn into an absolute madhouse.
All we can do now is wait and hope for the best.