MLB Announces Cancelation Of Spring Training Games Through March 7

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Major League Baseball announced they’ve canceled all Spring Training games through March 7, as Jesse Rogers of ESPN was among those to relay.

MLB had previously announced the postponement of all exhibition contests through March 4.

Today’s announcement is little more than a formality. It became increasingly apparent as talks between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association dragged on with little progress throughout the week that a new collective bargaining agreement wouldn’t be in place for games to begin next Saturday. The earliest games will get underway is now Tuesday, March 8 — and that’s contingent on having a new CBA finalized by next Monday, February 28.

Discussions between the league and MLBPA continued for the fifth consecutive day. The meetings lasted until the early evening, and the parties reportedly made progress on one issue — albeit one of comparatively lesser import than some others. Evan Drellich of the Athletic reports (on Twitter) MLB and the union exchanged proposals regarding the draft lottery. While the format wasn’t definitively agreed upon, Drellich reports they “made gains” in talks and there’s optimism they’ll find a mutually agreeable solution to the draft lottery question relatively soon.