IRVING, Texas — The Major League Baseball Players Association has extended the contract of executive director Tony Clark through 2022, a year past the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement with Major League Baseball.

The move Wednesday came as the MLBPA finished its annual executive board meeting.

Clark said that with the engagement of the players and their interest in the process, he is grateful “being connected to that, supportive of that, and leading them through that.”

The former All-Star first baseman became executive director after previous union head Michael Weiner died in 2013. Clark led negotiations for a labor contract covering 2017-21.

Clark said there have been a number of informal conversations with MLB and Commissioner Rob Manfred during the past few months trying to get an idea of what talks the sides are interested in having during the offseason.