As of right now, the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the MLB owners and players union is expired. Everything I've read in the last two weeks points to a lockout. I haven't seen the latest update, but for the sake of argument I'll assume no deal was reached. The Commissioner, in his infinite wisdom, has said he favors a lockout now because the two sides can [theoretically] negotiate a new agreement before games are lost. This is dumb for a few reasons, but that's not why I'm here.