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MLB Cancels More Games As League, Players Association Failed To Reach Deal

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Major League Baseball announced that more games have been canceled as the league and the MLB Players Association failed to reach a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The league said that another two series have been canceled and that Opening Day will be pushed back until April 14.

"Because of the logistical realities of the calendar, another two series are being removed from the schedule, meaning that Opening Day is postponed until April 14th. We worked hard to reach an agreement and offered a fair deal with significant improvements for the players and our fans. I am saddened by this situation's continued impact on our game and all those who are a part of it, especially our loyal fans," MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.

While negotiators have made significant progress over the past week, both sides are still far apart on several issues. According to ESPN, the latest snag is over an international draft and draft pick compensations for free agents who leave their team.

"The international draft became the latest stumbling block in collective-bargaining negotiations. The MLBPA made the last full proposal today, but MLB said it would discuss other issues only if the players agreed to one of three options. They didn't. MLB then canceled games," Jeff Passan wrote on Twitter.