There is just one major issue remaining before the Major League Baseball owners and the players union agree to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, and that issue is draft bonuses, according to Ronald Blum of the Associated Press. Bud Selig has been pushing for a hard slotting system, and has said that the issue is "really critical" to him. However, the players union is against the idea of limiting bonuses for amateurs.
The consensus seems to be that a hard slotting system won't go through. That's what Buster Olney reported earlier this week, and Jim Callis of Baseball America has said the same thing. Olney mentions that the feel among executives is doubt over Selig digging in and fighting for the issue. The World Series could potentially end tomorrow, which would mark the start ...
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