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FEHR NOT READY TO RESPOND TO OWNERS' LATEST PROPOSAL

     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).
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