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MLB, MLBPA agree to new CBA deal; season to start April 7

Baseball is back.

MLB and the MLBPA reached a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement Thursday. Both sides officially ratified the deal, with the owners unanimously voting to approve the agreement.

After a difficult negotiation process, commissioner Rob Manfred expressed his happiness at baseball’s return.

“I am genuinely thrilled to say Major League Baseball is back and we’re going to play 162 games,” he said.

Players can report to spring training as early as Friday, while Opening Day for a 162-game season is set for April 7.

Free agency will begin on Thursday night.

The New York Yankees will open the season at home against the Boston Red Sox.

The New York Mets will open the season on the road against the Washington Nationals.