According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement is chock full of big changes.
Major League Baseball will begin testing for human growth hormone (HGH) beginning in February as part of the new collective bargaining agreement. MLB is the first of the four major sports to now employ blood testing of its players. MLB already conducts random testing for HGH in the minor leagues, a program it began last year.
Commissioner Bud Selig already has announced the move of the Houston Astros to the American League. That will pave the way for realignment of the sport into two 15-team leagues, adding a second wild-card playoff team in each league and spreading interleague play throughout all six months of the regular season. The past rule that teams in the same division can’t play in the Division Series round likely will not be part of the new agreement.
Under the new CBA, all the current free-agent closers on the market that were previously designated as Typ...