The MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement expires tonight at 11:59 PM EST.
It’s almost a certainty that MLB will enter a lockout, and things could potentially get bad enough for Spring Training or the season to be delayed. For more of what this means for MLB, check out this rundown by Jeff Passan on ESPN+.
The key thing I took from that is the February 1st and March 1st deadlines that Passan mentions for delays of Spring Training or the regular season. After tomorrow, I feel like we’ll all be in a state of slow moving limbo for a few months, as the owners and players stare off their demands.
The Pirates, meanwhile, will have their building efforts paused under a lockout. That will leave plenty of time to discuss what we already know about this team, and forecast what could be to come in the future, while we wait for baseball to resume.
Over the last month, I’ve been breaking down the Pirates by position, with rundowns of the prospects they’ve got coming up from the minors. If you’re looking for more than lockout talk over the next few days, check out the summaries below.