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MLB Close to New CBA

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Ken Rosenthal reports that Major League Baseball and the player’s union are close to a deal on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, with the two sides reaching a near-agreement on draft related issues, which have been the biggest hurdle so far.

Rosenthal mentions that a deal might come today or tomorrow, although he adds that there are still some other issues which could push the deal to later in the week.  Either way, it sounds like a deal will be completed soon.

Rosenthal did have this quote, which doesn’t sound good for the Pirates:

The new deal is expected to include significant restraints on the amount of money teams spend on draft picks, and significant changes in draft-pick compensation for free agents.

The first part is obviously bad, as it will limit the Pirates in their over-slot spending, which is one of the only areas where they can get potential impact players.  The Pirates are also expected to receive a compensation pick for Ryan Doumit, and might see at least two picks total in the 2012 draft.  It would be disappointing if those picks disappeared.

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Tim Williams
Tim Williams
Tim is the owner, producer, editor, and lead writer of PiratesProspects.com. He has been running Pirates Prospects since 2009, becoming the first new media reporter and outlet covering the Pirates at the MLB level in 2011 and 2012. His work can also be found in Baseball America, where he has been a contributor since 2014 and the Pirates' correspondent since 2019.

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