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MLB's biggest storylines locally and nationally as calendar flips to 2022

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The foremost question on the minds of baseball fans as the calendar flipped to 2022 was the duration of the lockout. 

When will it end? 

What will change in the new CBA?

Will the arbitration process be revamped? Will players get paid earlier?

Will the draft be handled differently to eliminate tanking?

Will the playoff field expand? 

In the first of a two-part Phillies Talk podcast, Jim Salisbury and I analyzed some of MLB's biggest topics locally and nationally.

Beyond the lockout, we discussed Freddie Freeman's free agency and potential landing spots, and the danger the Mets could pose in 2022 with a rotation led by Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer. Two of the top free-agent shortstops are still out there in Carlos Correa and Trevor Story, but it's Freeman's decision that will likely impact the Phillies more than any other.

The Phillies, meanwhile, head into a pressure-packed 2022 season. They need to end a playoff drought that has spanned 10 seasons, the longest streak in the National League and second-longest in the majors to the Mariners. There will be pressure on everyone from the front office to the manager's office to the clubhouse.

It's a crucial year for Joe Girardi, who enters the last year of his contract.

Check it out below.

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