Texas Rangers minor-leaguers have swarmed to Arizona early to get ready for their regular season
The MLB lockout does not affect minor-league players who are not on a team's 40-man roster.
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No matter what happens in the coming days with negotiations between MLB owners and players on a new collective bargaining agreement, there will be professional baseball in early April.
The minor-league seasons are still scheduled to begin on time. The MLB lockout does not affect minor-league players who are not on a 40-man roster, as they are not governed by the collective bargaining agreement.
Most minor-leaguers aren’t on their organization’s 40-man.
They need spring training, too, and the Texas Rangers have scheduled March 5 as report day to Arizona for minor-league camp. Players will have a month to get ready for the season.
Triple A Round Rock opens play April 5, and Double A Frisco, High A Hickory and Low A Down East begin April 8.
Pitchers, though, need more time than that, and a large group of them has already gathered at what has been a busy Surprise Recreation Campus.