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Sources: Players, teams digging in for protracted standoff despite Lorenzo ...


Temporarily it distracted from a reality that grows more stark by the day: The players, as engaged as they’ve been in economic matters in more than a decade – maybe more than any time since 1994 – are encouraging one another to stand firm amid teams’ efforts to remake the free agent market, sources familiar with the situation told Yahoo Sports.


The memo, obtained by Yahoo Sports, emphasizes the victories the union gained in the new agreement and, under the heading “CORE ECONOMICS,” says: “Increased the tax burden for the highest and most habitual CBT offenders.”


Compound that with upward of a dozen teams either spending insignificant sums or straight-up tanking, and what long has been a robust free agent experience suddenly is fraught with pressure to accept undervalued deals.


And the union, in addition to gathering information to best react to the market, is considering addressing a pair of situations contributing to the cause: Not only is it exploring whether the Miami Marlins are complying with revenue-sharing rules, it is likewise looking into whether the Pittsburgh Pirates, who have traded stars Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole this offseason, are reinvesting the money given to them into baseball operations, sources told Yahoo Sports.


It’s real enough that one executive this week wondered if the sides might consider opening up the collective-bargaining agreement in the near term and giving the union financial concessions in exchange for labor peace beyond the pact’s current Dec. 1, 2021 expiration date.




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