NEW YORK —
Several people familiar with the deal say Major League Baseball
and its umpires have reached agreement on a five-year labor
The people spoke
to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because
both sides still need to ratify the deal next month.
five-year agreement was set to expire on Dec. 31.
of the World Umpires Association and owners met this week in New
York to discuss the new contract.
MLB has enjoyed
labor peace with players and umpires for more than a decade
without the threat of work stoppages. This was the last major
labor deal in baseball under Commissioner Bud Selig, who will be
succeeded by Rob Manfred on Jan. 25.