What to know about MLB’s lockout, offseason and CBA

Baseball is on the brink of its first work stoppage since 1994 and 1995. (Ashley Landis/AP)

Major League Baseball’s offseason officially began in early November, after the Atlanta Braves won the World Series. Since then, any player whose contract expired at the end of the season became a free agent. Several big names have already reached new deals.

But this offseason will be unusual, because MLB owners have initiated a lockout, freezing all offseason transactions and halting activity at team facilities. That happened after the sport’s collective bargaining agreement expired without a new deal in place.

Here’s what you need to know about MLB’s offseason and the CBA.