What to know about 2022 MLB schedule, Opening Day date with lockout ‘tentatively’ over

With MLB and the MLB Players Association reportedly coming to a tentative deal on a new collective bargaining agreement, the question on everyone’s mind — when will the 2022 MLB season start? — finally looks to have an answer. 

After reports of progress this week, MLB and the MLBPA reportedly agreed to a new CBA on Thursday, thus ending the lockout imposed by the owners on Dec. 2. According to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, the two sides are targeting an April 7 start date. If that occurs, it would be a week past the original start date of March 31.

The news comes a day after MLB announced it would be removing a second week of games from the schedule, but that no longer appears to be the case. Teams are expected to play full 162-game seasons with doubleheaders added to fill out the calendar. 

Sporting News is continuing to track the latest news on the lockout that kept MLB players off the field in 2022. For previous updates, see SN’s tracker covering developments up to the first cancellation.

MLB lockout news and updates

March 10: MLB and the MLPA tentatively agree to a new CBA, pending ratification. Targeted start date is April 7, with free agency beginning as early as Thursday night.

March 10: MLB and the MLBPA agree to set July 25 as the deal to reach an agreement on the international draft. International draft would reportedly begin in 2024, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan. If they reach a deal, the qualifying offer will be gone. If they don’t, the international system will not change and the qualifying offer will return.

March 9: MLB removes two more series from the schedule, pushing start date to April 14. MLBPA responds.

March 9: MLB brings three offers to table on international draft: Agree to the CBA with no draft and keep the qualifying offer, institute the international draft and remove the qualifying offer, or table the issue until 2024. The MLBPA rejects these offers and instead makes a counter-proposal.

March 9: The Athletic’s Evan Drellich reports that a major sticking point in bargaining is the elimination of the qualifying offer. MLB proposed such an elimination, but wants an international draft, which Ken Rosenthal describes as a “non-starter” for Latin American players.

March 8: MLB proposes luxury tax thresholds starting at $230 million up to $242 million. According to Evan Drellich of The Athletic, players remain hesitant due to the competitive balance tax. Other details include service time technicalities, draft rebalancing, and waiver ceiling changes.

Some other details of MLB proposal:

• Players can be optioned max 5 times before being exposed to waivers
• Small markets can pick in draft lottery for two straight years before sliding to 10th pick.
• Large markets can pick only one year in lottery before going to 10th

March 7: MLB sets deadline of Tuesday (March 9) to reach an agreement before another week of games gets canceled.

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