Leagues and Governing Bodies

Red Sox brass confident MLB will evade lockout, delay of '22 season

Red Sox execs are not expecting to splurge on any free-agent signings this offseason, but to build around the present coreGETTY IMAGES

Red Sox President & CEO Sam Kennedy "expressed optimism that the league will avoid a lockout and a potential delay of the 2022 season," according to Steve Hewitt of the BOSTON HERALD. Kennedy said, "I was really heartened by commissioner (Rob) Manfred’s comments, optimism, positivity, and confidence about getting a deal done. We’re all operating business as usual. We had a chance in the postseason to spend a lot of time with players, with representatives from the union, down in Houston and Tampa and here in Boston." He added, "There is a will and a desire to get a deal done and keep building our industry back up. It’s no surprise we had a really difficult period and so I believe the will is there on both sides to get a deal done and I remain very optimistic we’ll be in a position to keep going.” Meanwhile, Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom is "preparing like he normally would be." Bloom said, "Obviously that’s going to be a topic this winter. From our standpoint, there are a lot of things about that that we don’t control. It will obviously dictate what we and the industry will do. But I think now as we’re making plans for the meat of the offseason once the World Series is over, we just need to be focused on those goals" (BOSTON HERALD, 10/26).

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