Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:31 pm

MLB delays free agency 24 hours, new CBA likely

By C. Trent Rosecrans

In a year that has seen labor strife in the NFL and the NBA, there's unlikely to be the same in baseball. Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association issued a joint press released on Friday announcing the start of free agency would be delayed by 24 hours -- what it didn't say, but implied was that a new collective bargaining agreement would be announced as early as Saturday.

Commissioner Bud Selig had said earlier this month he'd hoped to get a deal done before the end of the World Series and appears to have gotten that done. The biggest issues to be resolved before an agreement were expanded postseason, moving the Astros to the American League and a slotting system in the draft. The first two seem to be done deals, while the third will be more of a surprise if it's included in the new CBA. We'll likely find out all the details on Saturday.

Here's the release in its entirety:

The Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) today announced that in connection with the collective bargaining process they have agreed to delay the start of the free agency period for 24 hours, to 12:01 a.m. (EST), Sunday, October 30<sup>th</sup>.

     The MLBPA will release the list of Free Agents and potential Free Agents on Sunday, October 30<sup>th</sup>.  Free agents will continue to be able to sign contracts with new Clubs beginning 12:01 AM EST Thursday, November 3<sup>rd</sup>.

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