MLBPA puts meetings on hold

Meetings scheduled for the Major League Baseball Players Association this week have been postponed because of ongoing negotiations toward a new collective bargaining agreement, league sources told FOXSports.com late Monday.

Baseball player agents were scheduled to meet Tuesday in Los Angeles and Wednesday in Chicago. Instead, the sessions have been put on hold.

Manpower for the MLBPA is one consideration. Sources say union officials determined that the CBA talks required their full attention. Business that would have been discussed with the agents, such as player valuations for the upcoming season, is of a less urgent nature.

The MLBPA leadership also didn’t want to go before player agents without being able to share the terms of the new basic agreement. Union officials weren’t comfortable disseminating incomplete information or divulging sensitive details of what remains an ongoing process.

Still, one source with close knowledge of the CBA talks said the sides remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached this week.

Major-league sources indicated in recent days that the players and owners had arrived at a near-agreement on the most significant hurdle to a new labor deal: amateur draft spending. The new deal is expected to include significant restraints on the amount of money teams spend on picks, along with significant changes in draft-pick compensation for free agents.

The current agreement expires Dec. 11. But at this point, it would be a shock if a new five-year deal was not in place well before that date, ensuring more than two decades of continuous labor peace.

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