Remember when the expectation was that a new collective bargaining agreement would in place before the end of the World Series? Well, the World Series ended a week ago, and there’s still no CBA.
It doesn’t seem as though anyone is worried about a work stoppage, but as free agency heats up, both the players and the teams will surely want to know which rules are in play. Jayson Stark pointed out today that there is, technically, no luxury tax at the moment. Stark says both sides expect one, but right now, it’s gone.
• The third game of the MLB exhibition tour of Taiwan is airing tonight on MLB Network. The game’s already been played. You can check out the results right here.
• Sad news that former Cardinals starter Bob Forsch died last night. Just one week ago he threw the ceremonial first pitch before Game 7 of the World Series. He was one of my absolute favorites as a kid.
• Apparently the A’s are willing to entertain trade offers for anyone but Jemile Weeks. I’m sure that opens the flood gates for Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez emails, but none of those Oakland starters will come cheap.
• Kind of an unexpected signing: The Phillies have agreed to bring Jim Thome back to Philadelphia. He could help fill the gap at first base while Ryan Howard recovers from his Achilles injury. Otherwise he’ll be limited to pinch hitting.
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