News conference tomorrow to announce the new collective bargaining agreement


The owners and the MLBPA are going to reach a memorandum of understanding on the new five-year collective bargaining agreement today, and they’ve announced that there will be a news conference tomorrow afternoon to make the new labor deal public.

We know most of the larger components already: blood testing for human growth hormone, an increase in the minimum salary to $480,000 and luxury taxes on draftee bonuses and international free agent signings. It also modifies the luxury tax on high payrolls and changes compensation for clubs losing major league free agents.

But mostly this will be a gloat conference. The owners and the union acting justifiably smug for putting together what will, by the time the contract is over, be 21 straight years of labor peace.

And I’m glad they can gloat about it.

Report: Alex Cobb expected to sign soon

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Update (5:36 PM ET): Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Orioles are close to an agreement with Cobb. The contract is believed to be at least three years and in the range of $50 million.


Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that free agent pitcher Alex Cobb is expected to sign with a team soon. He notes that the Orioles are believed to be the favorite for Cobb’s services. Cobb has kept pushing for a multi-year contract rather than settling for a one-year deal.

Cobb, 30, posted a 3.66 ERA with a 128/44 K/BB ratio in 179 1/3 innings for the Rays last season.

If Baltimore is indeed his next destination, Cobb will provide a much-needed boost to the Orioles’ starting rotation, which currently includes Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, Andrew Cashner, and Chris Tillman.