The Major League Baseball Owners and Players have officially signed a new Collective Bargaining Agreement that will take them through the year 2016. The biggest highlights of the deal include HGH testing, expanded replay and most importantly the addition of an additional Wild Card team. Beginning 2013 there will be 2 Wild Card teams from each League. The 2 Wild Cards will face each other in a one-game playoff to decide who goes to the League Division Series. That’s where the Red Sox should really benefit.
Some say the Wild Card was originally created in 1995 because of the Red Sox and Yankees. The Sox and Yanks were consistently two of the best teams in baseball but only one could win the Division and make the Playoffs, while inferior teams from other Divisions qualified. Now, there will be 2 spots open for teams who fail to win their Division. This is huge news for the AL East, which boasts 2 or even 3 (I guess we have to count the Rays) contenders every year. The added Wild Card slot means we will probably see both the Red Sox and Yankees in many Postseasons to come.
You can find all the details about the new labor agreement here