Major League Basetball and the MLB players’ association have agreed on a deal to expand the 2020 postseason from 10 to 16 teams, according to several reports. As part of the deal, there will be a postseason player pool of $50 million.
The news comes just hours before Thursday’s season-opener between the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees.
Under the new format, the top two teams from each division will automatically qualify for the postseason and the two other best teams from each league will fill out the remaining playoff spots.
The deal, which still needs to be ratified by owners, replaces the sudden-death Wild Card games with a best-of-three series in the first round. Winners move on to the best-of-five division series, where the normal postseason format continues.
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