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BASEBALL NEGOTIATIONS TO RE-START NEXT WEEK
Published October 5, 1994
The "stalemated" labor negotiations between MLB owners and the MLBPA will resume next week, according to MLBPA General Counsel Gene Orza and management attorney Chuck O'Connor. According to Orza, the talks will include consideration of a recently proposed plan by which "money derived from a tax paid by the players based on their salaries would be added to the owners' revenue-sharing fund." That plan was discussed during a September 24 meeting between MLBPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr and Orioles owner Peter Angelos. Under the plan discussed by the two, additional money would be contributed to a central fund by the union, possibly from the union's licensing fund. There would be no salary cap, salary arbitration would be eliminated, and players would be given earlier free agency (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 10/5). CENTER OF ATTENTION: In Baltimore, Peter Schmuck notes that the union's interest in Angelos' plan puts Angelos in a "very uncomfortable position, and one that he strongly refused to comment upon yesterday. He already was at odds with many of the other owners. He does not want to give the appearance that he is in league with the union" (Baltimore SUN, 10/5). Thomas Boswell writes that owners upset at Angelos for meeting with Fehr "may not be so mad when they hear what Angelos accomplished. The union is close to approving an Angelos notion that would be the players' first significant concession in this labor war. ... The owners could use the cash to help bribe poor teams into changing their votes on the strike" (WASHINGTON POST, 10/5). FREEZE: The owners have asked players to delay the start of free-agent filing until November 30 and for an immediate 45-day freeze on signings. Under the current system, free agent filing begins the day after the World Series or October 15 (Mult., 10/5). The union probably will reject the proposal, "figuring a freeze would be far too great an advantage strategically for the clubs with no real advantage to the players" (Murray Chass, N.Y. TIMES, 10/5). MITCHELL: Retiring Sen. Majority Leader George Mitchell said he will soon be ready to meet with MLB owners looking for a new commissioner (WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/5).