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FEHR NOT READY TO RESPOND TO OWNERS' LATEST PROPOSAL
Published December 5, 1995
MLBPA Don Fehr said the players "might need additional time" before they are ready to respond to the owners' latest labor proposal. Fehr told USA TODAY: "The more we look at it, the clearer it is that it will take some substantial evaluation." Fehr is unclear whether the players will have a response by the holidays (Chuck Johnson, USA TODAY, 12/5). ARBITRATION CHANGES? Contrary to an earlier stance, the owners "are willing to retain salary arbitration without reducing the number of eligible players, but that doesn't mean they want to leave the system unaltered," according to Murray Chass of the N.Y. TIMES. Proposed changes to the arbitration system by the owners: Keeping the outcomes of decisions sealed until all cases are decided; ending eligibility for so-called "Super 2's" -- a group of about 15 players with between two to three years service; making inadmissable the contracts of other players who settled through arbitration; limiting the comparison to salaries of players who have signed multi-year deals to arbitration years -- not free agent years. Chass writes, "The current market, then, could be eliminated as a factor in determining salaries of arbitration players" (N.Y. TIMES, 12/5). MINOR UPRISING: The NABPL has been holding its annual meeting in L.A. this week with the participation of MLB execs limited to "a few seminars" and the Rule V draft of minor league free agents. The last joint major-minor league convention was held in Louisville in '92, which acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig described as a "three-ring circus" with almost $260M in player signings dominating. This week, however, minor league execs have made the case for a return to the joint meeting (Ross Newhan, L.A. TIMES, 12/5).