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.’’

Kapler agrees with Arrieta

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler agrees with Jake Arrieta after pitcher's 'horses—' rant

Kapler said Arrieta's "comments are true" after the pitcher said the Phillies "need to have an accountability check."

Padres owners talking Bryce Harper

MLB hot stove: Padres remain interested in adding Bryce Harper, report says

Harper has reportedly nixed deals in the $300-million range. If the Padres are still a bidder, their offer would likely need to be higher.

Indians listening to offers for vet

MLB trade rumors: Indians prepared to listen to offers for Corey Kluber, other vets

The Indians have to pay Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez in the coming seasons, but to do that they may have to part ways with some vets.

Angels in on Mike Moustakas

MLB hot stove: Phillies, Padres not only teams in on Mike Moustakas

The Phillies and Padres both have had reported interest in Moustakas as a backup plan.

Yankees acquire Britton

MLB trade news: Yankees acquire Orioles closer Zach Britton

Britton has recorded four saves and holds a 3.45 ERA in 15 2/3 innings on the mound this season.