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Heyman: MLB, MLBPA agree on new CBA

February 13, 2015   MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred during the announcement that Miami Marlins to Host 2017 All-Star Game
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As of Wednesday evening, MLB and the MLBPA have agreed upon a new CBA, sources say.

There are a few notable takeaways from the new deal, according to sources.

Whereas free-agent compensation was once beholden to a first-round draft pick, that clause will be amended to still include draft pick compensation, but no longer will it be a first-round choice. The free agent compensation will be paid for by teams over the tax threshold.

A point of contention throughout the talks has been the possibility of establishing an international draft that would allow players from Latin America and Asia to be chosen in the form of a draft, as opposed to the current system that allows for widespread signings. But the international draft will not be included in the final agreement. Instead, international signings will be capped at around $5-6 million per team, per year, regardless of payroll or market size.

The size of Major League rosters currently sits at 25, and while there were discussions of potentially adding a 26th player to the fray, a 26th roster addition will be not be included in the new CBA. The players did not insist on a 26th man.

The aforementioned luxury tax threshold will increase from $189 million last season to $195 million this upcoming year. By the fifth year of the CBA, the threshold will increase to $210 million. Teams that exceed the cap substantially, will be hit with additional luxury tax penalties. Last season, the Los Angeles Dodgers led MLB in $279.1 million spent, with the New York Yankees coming in second at $227.4 million.

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