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The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) or Basic Agreement is the agreement between the Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball describing the rules of employment and the financial structure of the game. A copy of the current CBA can be downloaded from the Players Association web site [1]. The first Basic Agreement was signed on February 21, 1968.

The most recent Agreement was finalized on November 30, 2016 and will last until December 1, 2021. The deal ends the practice of awarding home field advantage in the World Series to the league which wins the All-Star Game, and also ends compensation for the signing of premium free agents in the form of a first-round pick in the amateur draft. The threshold for paying the luxury tax was raised, as was the level of the minimum salary, and additional flexibility was introduced for recourse to the disabled list by shortening the minimum stay from 15 to 10 days. A rumored international draft was not included, but instead teams were given a limited pool of $6 million for signing bonuses for international signings. This was the first agreement to be negotiated under the auspices of Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA head Tony Clark, but like its predecessors in 2011, 2006 and 2002, the agreement was arrived at without a labor stoppage and negotiations were conducted in a spirit of cooperation reflecting Major League Baseball's good financial health.

[edit] Further Reading

  • William B. Gould IV: Bargaining with Baseball: Labor Relations in an Age of Prosperous Turmoil, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2011.
  • Bob Nightengale: "Major League Baseball, union agree on new collective bargaining agreement', USA Today Sports, December 1, 2016. [2]

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