Wednesday posed a deadline for Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association to come to terms on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The two sides met for seven minutes and called it a day. The 30 owners voted unanimously to force a work stoppage and we are now in a lockout.
This, of course, comes as no surprise. There has been significant strife between the players and owners over the past few years and it was very clear that the two sides wouldn’t reach common ground before the CBA expired.
So, long story short, everything is frozen now. Free agency has come to a halt, there won’t be any trades, the Winter Meetings and Rule 5 Draft will also be postponed indefinitely, and, if this stretches into January, which appears inevitable, the arbitration process will also get delayed.
Anyways, that’s why there was such a flurry of action over the past few days, one that we don’t usually see in a baseball off-season as things generally tend to move at a glacial pace. There was speculation that the Blue Jays might pull the trigger on a signing before the deadline, but that ultimately didn’t come to fruition.
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation