Manfred has been MLB commissioner since 2014.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred expected to receive 5-year contract extension, report says

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is expected to receive a five-year contract extension, according to USA Today.

The league's owners will meet next week in Atlanta to vote on Manfred's extension. According to the report, Manfred is expected to receive a unanimous vote.

To receive the extension, he needs the votes of at least 23 of the 30 team owners.

Other topics that will be discussed during the owners' meetings are a 20-second pitch clock for 2019, diminishing the use of "openers" instead of starting pitchers, and decreasing the amount of pitching changes.

One controversial point that several general managers are in favor of is having a 28-man roster in April, then limiting active players on the roster in September. But deputy commissioner Dan Halem said that could affect the collective bargaining agreement, which is set to expire in 2021.

“In the collective bargaining in 2016, it was a topic that was heavily discussed,’’ Halem said. “We came very close to an agreement on that topic. For a variety of reasons, we didn’t make an agreement on expanding the 25-man roster. I’m sure there will be discussions certainly in the next collective bargaining round. Maybe there will be discussions before, but it’s a topic that we’ll continue to discuss in the future.’’

Hernandez to miss one spring start

Felix Hernandez injury update: Mariners ace expected to miss only one spring start

Hernandez left Monday's game against the Cubs after being struck in the pitching arm by a line drive, though he avoided serious injury.

Making sense of 2018 MLB free agent

MLB free agency 2018: Where should the top remaining players end up?

A number of MLB free agents have finally found a home this offseason, but there are still plenty of intriguing players still out there.

Coach fired for marijuana stance

Texas college coach fired for rebuffing recruit over Colorado’s marijuana law

Texas Wesleyan baseball coach Mike Jeffcoat was fired for telling a recruit the team was not interested in players from Colorado.

Clark sounds off on issues

MLBPA union head Tony Clark sounds off on tanking, pace of play

Tony Clark said commissioner Rob Manfred made his changes to pace of play without any approval from the MLBPA.

Steinbrenner says people are scared

Yankees' Hal Steinbrenner: 'People are concerned about us'

With the acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton, some are calling the Yankees "The Evil Empire" once again, and Steinbrenner is OK with that.