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MLB’s players and owners move closer to labor agreement

Nov 13, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

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While the NBA lockout rolls into day 136, Major League Baseball’s players and owners are moving closer and closer to reaching a new labor deal.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the two sides have a “near-agreement” on draft-related issues, thought to be the last remaining significant hurdle in the ongoing negotiations.

There will not be hard-slotting, but the new deal is expected to carry restraints on the amount of total money a team can spend on draft picks from year to year. There will also be “significant changes” in draft-pick compensation for free agents, according to Rosenthal, meaning the Type A and Type B classifications might be restructured or completely dismissed.

An agreement must be reached by December 11. The way talks are going, it could be done this week.

  1. fellspointbird - Nov 13, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    The bad thing is that this will not limit how much 1st round picks ask for, but how many total picks a team can sign.

    • JBerardi - Nov 13, 2011 at 12:49 PM

      “There will not be hard-slotting, but the new deal is expected to carry restraints on the amount of total money a team can spend on draft picks from year to year.”

      Sigh. At least we avoided a complete apocalypse (hard slotting).

    • clydeserra - Nov 13, 2011 at 1:48 PM

      Why should a person not be able to ask for and get the money the money the market says he deserves?

  2. The Common Man - Nov 13, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Millionaires and billionaires conspiring to screw over young amateurs who have yet to make a dime, and who maybe never will. Hooray for capitalism.

    • clydeserra - Nov 13, 2011 at 1:51 PM

      that’s why there should be salary caps, think of the poor Wilpons. they have suffered so much, if only they didn’t have to pay Jason Bay so much.

      • The Common Man - Nov 13, 2011 at 2:09 PM

        I do enjoy the occasional public outcry that owners need to be protected from their own idiocy with a salary cap.

  3. cowboysoldiertx - Nov 13, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    I am just thankful we didn’t go the basketball or football route. That would have been ugly.

  4. Detroit Michael - Nov 14, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    What’s the significance of the December 11 deadline (or quasi-deadline)?

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