If only because the home team is notorious for not doing much during the off-season.
Here's a bit more detail . . .
"During a lockout, which is a labor-relations tool used by management to keep employees from working until a deal is agreed upon, team officials and players cannot communicate in any way. Major league free agency and trades of players on 40-man rosters end immediately."
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com news link . . .
12:05 AM ET Close ESPN MLB insider Author of "The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports" IRVING, Texas -- Major League Baseball locked out its players early Thursday morning, certifying the game's first work stoppage in more than a quarter-century after months of talks yielded little progress toward a new labor contract, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN.