As you might have heard Major League Baseball and the Player’s Association have reached an agreement meaning baseball is back! Opening Day will April 7. Our very own J. P. Hill has a comprehensive breakdown of the major parts of the agreement here. A few other minor points:
One interesting nugget in the new agreement: Starting in 2023, the schedule will feature fewer divisional games, and every team will play at least one series against every other opponent, including in the other league. The exact format is still being determined.— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) March 10, 2022
MLB and the PA agreed to stage games or "tours" in the following places over the next five years, per source:— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) March 11, 2022
* Puerto Rico
* the Dominican Republic
As for the Cardinals, there is work to be done right away. Here is what they are doing:
As of right now, #stlcards are going to have players go through physicals Sunday (and intake protocols).— Derrick S. Goold (@dgoold) March 11, 2022
First official workout of spring set for -- Monday.
Spring training schedule is being rewritten, Mo says. Likely looks like four games on, off on the fifth, and playing just the local teams — Mets, Nats, Astros, Marlins.— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) March 11, 2022
The #stlcards entire home schedule at Busch Stadium is unaffected and will remain as advertised for the 2022 regular season, says official.— Derrick S. Goold (@dgoold) March 11, 2022
Your fridge magnets are still good for home games.
Five road games -- two at Chicago, three at Pittsburgh -- must be added.
Mo says part of the discussion over the next few days will be about the DH. Mentioned the balance between young guys “we’re excited about” and “short term solutions” on the market and a need to talk to agents. Sounds like looking outside, as expected.— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) March 11, 2022
Free agency is back: the Cardinals announced they've agreed to a two-year deal with righty Drew Verhagen, who spent the last two seasons in Japan. Cards came out of the lockout needing some bullpen help. Verhagen provides depth their and in rotation.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) March 11, 2022
The Cardinal will also be going to London!
With MLB returning to London, #Cardinals are in line to host the #Cubs there in 2023, pending a finalized schedule, according to a source. Team is hopeful. It's obviously early with CBA fresh.— Derrick S. Goold (@dgoold) March 11, 2022
The two-game series between the rivals set for 2020 was canceled due to the pandemic.
Baseball is back folks, and it sounds pretty good!
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Based on our payroll projections at @fangraphs, the increase in the league minimum from $570.5K to $700K added ~$64M to payrolls. Here's every team's increase as it currently stands. More pre-arb players = bigger increase. pic.twitter.com/xfAoenhYpF— Jon Becker (@jonbecker_) March 11, 2022
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Cubs sign manager David Ross through 2024 with a club option through 2025. His contract had been set to expire after this season. Smart move, good man.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 11, 2022