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Baseball returns as players, union agree to deal

The lockout is officially over.

Syndication: Palm Beach Daily News GREG LOVETT/THE PALM BEACH POST / USA TODAY NETWORK

The lockout is officially no more!

According to ESPN, the MLB Players’ Union has accepted the owners’ offer on a new collective bargaining agreement, officially ending the lockout.

The agreement comes after weeks of difficult negotiations that pushed the league to postpone Opening Day for a week. The league still has a plan to run its full 162-game schedule, but will need doubleheaders to compensate for the games missed in the first two weeks of the season.

With the lockout now over, the San Diego Padres’ 40-man roster will head over to Peoria, Arizona to begin Spring Training immediately and join the minor league players.

Free agency will also begin very quickly and general manager A.J. Preller will have the opportunity to round out the roster just before the season begins next month.

GB community, what are your thoughts on the end of the lockout? Celebrate in the comments section below!