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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 27 October 2006 03:03

MLBHere's one interesting bit of information that was surely not expanded upon in the CBA press announcement earlier this week.

It is being reported, that as part of the new agreement, payments have been awarded to the players after some 50 grievances were filed regarding collusion during the 2002 free agency period. The total dollar figure of the payments is reported to be $12 million. Bill Madden has confirmed that offers “were actually being determined for the clubs by MLB’s central office.”

Given the small figure on the payments, this issue was most likely a matter of keeping things in check. The payments will come out of $70 million in Luxury Tax dollars held in reserve by MLB.

While the picture being painted of the labor negotiations is one of peace, love, and understanding, one can imagine that this issue was probably far from it. - Maury Brown

 
 
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