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New York, NY  —  Reports say Major League Baseball and its Players Association are agreeing to a deal to end the lockout.  It began on December 2nd of last year when the previous collective bargaining agreement expired. The work stoppage was the second-longest in league history.

Sources told ESPN that the final vote by the MLBPA’s eight members of the executive subcommittee and 30 player reps was 26-12 in favor of the agreement.

ESPN is also reporting that Opening Day is expected to be on April 7th.  Players can report to Spring Training camps as early as this Friday.  Free agent signings and trades are expected to be able to be completed as early as today.