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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

MLB players association still considering grievance

"Baseball players may file a collusion grievance charging owners with conspiring against free agents last winter.
  • “We have concerns about the operation of the post-2009 free agent market,” new union head Michael Weiner said Tuesday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “We have been investigating that market. Our investigation is far along but not yet complete.”
The sides reached a standstill agreement last year giving the union additional time to decide whether to proceed with a grievance against teams alleging misconduct after the 2008 season....
  • Agents for players, without going into specifics, have claimed they received
  • multiple similar offers for free-agent clients and have pushed the union to contest the practice.

The union filed collusion grievances following the 1985, 1986 and 1987 seasons and, after arbitrators ruled in the union’s favor,

  • A triple-damages provision was inserted into the sport’s labor contract in 1990."...

AP, "Baseball players mull grievance," by Ronald Blum, 4/6/10

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