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Could Expiring MLB CBA, Labor Tension Jeopardize '17 World Baseball Classic?
Published March 6, 2014
TANKS FOR NOTHING: Clark said that he "did not feel losing has been incentivized" in MLB. He said, "I can’t say that it has (crossed my mind). But what I will say is, any provision that’s in the collective bargaining agreement, particularly those that are tied to player compensation, how teams function, we always pay attention to it. The idea that a club would try to manipulate their season and lose in order to secure certain considerations there, when, you know more than other -- or rather than, or different than -- other drafts, it usually takes a while for our players to make it to the big leagues as opposed to the NBA that goes right in, or the NFL that goes right in, so the idea that you would try to lose in order to get a draft pick that may or may not pan out, that’s an interesting dynamic. But we pay attention to all of it" (CHRON.com, 3/2).