The owners and players union came to an agreement on a new collective-bargaining agreement (CBA) Wednesday night, avoiding a possible work stoppage hours before the 12 a.m. ET deadline, according to multiple sources. Sources: MLB and the MLBPA have agreed on a five-year deal. MLB's new collective-bargaining agreement will take them past a quarter century of labor peace.
On Monday, December 5, the Today’s Game committee of the Baseball Hall of Fame — the replacement for the Veterans Committee which covers the years 1988-2016 — will vote on candidates for the 2017 induction class. On the surface, one might say “hey, George Steinbrenner owned the Yankees and the Yankees won seven world titles,” but as we’ll see below, that’s not the be-all, end-all consideration either. If one wants to go beyond just the rings, one could argue that it’s awfully hard to talk about baseball in the last quarter of the 20th century without mentioning George Steinbrenner’s name. Steinbrenner was a lot of things, but he made an important mark on baseball in that he was the first owner to take full advantage of free agency and forced other teams to keep pace.
The 2016 Major League Baseball free-agent market may be the weakest the sport has seen in years, but an active trade market could save the offseason. A number of elite players are rumored to be on the block, including Chris Sale, Miguel Cabrera and Chris Archer. The latest big-name player to join that group is Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen.