Why Things Are Going Nuts Today, Three Days Before the CBA Expires: Logistics!

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Why Things Are Going Nuts Today, Three Days Before the CBA Expires: Logistics!

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Although a lot of us had correctly predicted that the few days leading up to the CBA expiration (Wednesday at midnight, after which there will likely be a lockout) would be a bonanza of rumors and signings, there was a key factor that I’d totally whiffed on: getting physicals done.

The logistics of actually agreeing to a deal and then scheduling and executing a proper physical takes time. You can’t just start hitting up a free agent on Wednesday morning and have a deal completed, fully, by the time the lockout likely begins at midnight that day. Thus, as Kiley McDaniel pointed out today, teams and free agents are clearly getting after it today so that there’s plenty of time to take care of the necessary finalization steps before Wednesday.

Thus, tons of deals already, tons of rumors flying, and much more to come. Byron Buxton extended, Marcus Semien signed, Avisail Garcia signed, Kluber signed, Kole Calhoun signed, and more possible tonight and into tomorrow:

None of that is to say that Wednesday won’t also seem wild. For one thing, the non-tenders will have just happened, and for another thing, deals that were in the pipeline – but not yet reported – will be revealed for the first time on Wednesday.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.