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The CBA that has held labor peace in MLB is seeing its final day of life today. Tomorrow morning it will be gone. The new CBA will be different, and it might take some angst to get there.

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This is it. The final day of the CBA we have been living under for years. A new one will be born, and it might have enough change to to make MLB operations significantly different. The problem, either way, is that starting tomorrow we have to get there. Things could start stalling all over baseball.

Have some Say Goodbye To The Old CBA Links:


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A Little Bit of Angels News

Spring Training tickets go on sale Friday. I'm going, are you?..........

Do you want to spend a few minutes learning how the inner mental gears of a Red Sox fan works? No? Can't say as I blame you. Suffice to say that it works a hell of a lot like those of Detroit Tiger fans.  The simplest way I can state it is that they are really solid is ignoring any meaningful logic in order to deride logic well laid out - all the while declaring how logical they are. A fatal lack of self awareness. Which is how it is that they are taking over ownership of the Mike Trout Ain't All That Anti-Fan Club..........

Taylor Ward gets a mention. Because somebody has to be mentioned..........

Still a chance to get some good deals at the Team Store..........Or, you can go fetch yourself some history..............

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Everywhere In Baseball

Huh? In the CBA negotiations, the owners are so desperate to find a way to control their own behavior that they are proposing amping up the penalty for going over the luxury tax threshold: lose draft picks. This smells a bit like Arte Moreno. Moreno has already worked hard to avoid the threshold, and already had his own franchise punished with lost draft picks. And this past year he was quoted as worrying hard about that threshold, putting him on record as a hardliner on this topic. And think about it. Arte is just down the freeway from the Dodgers, who haven't given a shit about any luxury tax since the current ownership took over. Arte spent his money and got punished with losing picks, so why isn't that happening to the Dodgers? Oh, yeah, different rules. So let's change that. Anyway, the owners would need to have something tasty to offer back to the players to get them to agree to that. Losing picks is THE reason that the QO system is such a bust. Picks are precious. More precious than cash..........And if this is true, it would explain why Arte is so panicked about going over any threshold, and wy you can all stop dreaming about Justin Turner..........

ESPN continues to bleed subscribers...........

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Trade Winds

The Pirates appear to be ready to listen for packages for their 2B Josh Harrison. It's sad to think our bar is so low that any of us would be interested, considering that Harrison could be a Jefry Marte had he any power.........

Yeonis Cespedes landed back with the Mets, getting his big contract. The sour grapes line insisting that now he will morph into Yasiel Puig is forming over to the left...........With Cespedes off the market, he being a guy that the Astros were said to covet, rumors are that Edwin Encarnacion may be coming to the AL West, landing in Houston..........

The Cubs have moved on from Dexter Fowler, signing Jon Jay (mostly of the Cards, most recently of the Padres). We did better with Cameron Maybin............

The White Sox are happy to hold a grudge. The Cubs might have the strongest depth chart to plunder in a trade that would send away Chris Sale, but the Cubs made fun of the White Sox new stadium name. So, no, the White Sox are ostracizing the Cubs............

Not every first round draft choice works out. The Mariners have surrendered on 2014 #6 overall pick, catching prospect Alex Jackson, and sent him off to the Braves in return for a pair of scrubs. I bring this up because the guy who sent away a first round catcher prospect, Jerry Dipoto, is the same guy who burned a first round pick on catching prospect Taylor Ward.........

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The Duffle Bag

In a game of fail, ESPN goes all out and makes the bold prediction that the Cubs won't reach 100 wins in 2017...........Fun father/son trivia stat from the Bonds family tree............With Cespedes signing, this question is now answered...........This is a fun chart, but I cannot understand why the Cubs are ranked so high as a team in need of players?............

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Halo-Oppo-ly

My 2016-2017 Winter Project: Monopoly for the Rest of Us. You, too, get to try your hand as Arte Moreno-bags. We begin with the properties. By the way, we are taking contributions for CHance and Community Chest Cards. Park your ideas here.


These next players are, for the strategist, a pretty good option if you can nab all three and grab a couple of Family Pavilion tickets with each. Mike Witt, decent pitcher and owner of one of Major League Baseball's Perfect Games.

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