Stoppage? What you need to know

The MLB has until Wednesday night to agree to a new collective bargaining agreement. If it can't, there will once again be a work stoppage for the biggest professional baseball league in the world.

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November 30, 2021 - 9:20 AM

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman pats manager Aaron Boone on the back during practice on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Yankee Stadium as they prepare to host the Minnesota Twins in the 2019 American League Divisonal Series Friday. Andrew Mills | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Photo by TNS

The business of baseball could come to a screeching halt if the MLB owners and the players’ union haven’t agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement by 10:59 p.m. Wednesday.

That’s when the current CBA expires, after which Major League Baseball may impose a lockout that would freeze trades and free-agent signings and ultimately could threaten the start of spring training and even the regular season.

A lockout would be MLB’s first work stoppage since the infamous strike that wiped out the 1994 World Series.

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