Major League Baseball is set to enter a work stoppage.
MLB owners unanimously voted Wednesday night to institute a lockout, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
MLB owners and the players association failed to reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement ahead of the expiration of the prior CBA at 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday night.
While the two sides have been meeting this week in Texas to try to hammer out a deal, a lockout has long seemed inevitable.
The owners “were not pleased” with the proposal made by the MLBPA on Tuesday morning, according to The Athletic’s Evan Drellich. Talks between the league and union on Wednesday lasted just seven minutes. Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the union rejected the league’s proposal to drop certain issues from discussions, including the six-year reserve before free agency.