What I’m Hearing: Just hours before Opening Day, Nationals superstar Juan Soto tested positive for COVID-19. Any excitement related to baseball’s return was met with the harsh reality of the pandemic, says Gabe Lacques. USA TODAY

CHICAGO — The Major League Baseball postseason will be expanded from 10 teams to 16 teams in 2020 once the owners officially ratify the deal before Thursday night’s season-opener, according to three high-ranking officials with knowledge of the agreement.

The officials spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

MLB and the union agreed on the deal Thursday afternoon, guaranteeing a $50 million player pool.

The new

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