The off-season focus is generally on player moves, designed to give each team a better chance to compete in future years.  This off-season we not only have the player moves to focus on, but we also have the Collective Bargaining Agreement discussions between Major League Baseball and the Player's Union.  Ken Rosenthal has an update on the CBA negotiations, which can be found at Fox Sports.  The big items that impact the Pirates:

-Major League Baseball wants to strike a deal during the upcoming World Series, although Rosenthal mentions there's a 50/50 chance of this happening.  He also adds that both sides are more motivated to meet the target of the start of free agency, which begins five days after the World Series ends.

-A big issue has been hard slotting in the draft, with the own...

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