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MLB investigating whether Mets and Yankees communicated improperly about jersey

Major League Baseball (MLB) is investigating whether Mets sources’ reluctance to sign free agent outfielder Aaron Judge constitutes a violation of the baseball collective bargaining agreement not to challenge the Yankees’ judge candidate. According to sources briefed on the situation, the details of the story came to the attention of the Players Association, who asked the commissioner’s office to investigate whether inappropriate communication had occurred between the respective club owners. Justin Verlander is seeking a similar contract to Max Scherzer, the website said Tuesday, and could prompt an investigation by the Players Association if the union perceives it to be a CBA violation. . To win the appeal, the union will have to prove that the market for Judge and/or Verlander has been damaged, which can be difficult considering they are two of the most coveted free agents in the offseason. But unions are still sensitive to threats from owners to curb free agent salaries, as they did in the biggest collusion in sports 30 years ago. “Players must not act in concert with other players, and clubs must not act in concert with other clubs.” The league under investigation is expected to ask Mets owner Steve Cohen and Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner to provide records of all phone, text and email conversations between them during that period. The source said that if the outfielder becomes a free agent in the offseason, the club will not fight the Yankees for the outfielder. The article also said that Cohen and Steinbrenner “enjoy a mutually respectful relationship and do not expect to overturn it with a high-profile bidding war.” Respond promptly to requests for comment. In the late 1980s, independent arbitrators ruled three times that the owners cooperated to avoid competitively bidding for free agents. In the three settlements, the owners agreed to pay $280 million to the players. The players later claimed the owners had engaged in collusion in 2002 and 2003, and the owners agreed to pay $12 million to the players without pleading guilty as part of the 2006 CBA. About contract negotiations. Both provisions are still in effect in the new CBA, which the parties are in the process of formally codifying. The union must separately prove that the judge was harmed. He will take triple damage. Agents say club officials who speak openly about contract negotiations potentially influence the market and effectively use the media to create the type of information bank club hired in an era of collusion. Included in the CBA is a league pledge that clubs will not operate information banks for free agents. I signed a $130 million contract with the Mets a year ago.” The CBA stated that neither players nor clubs “can comment to the media about the value of unsigned free agents, whether debated or not.” It also lists a “non-inclusive” list of banned comments, including “Player X is seeking more than Player Y has been given.” “He is watching commercials. I think there are only 1 or 2. The JV is probably a few years away. And he wants to make the most of it. I think he will test the market on it.” In theory, Crane’s remarks could scare off Verlander’s potential suitors, causing his market to sink. Crane has taken on a bigger role in baseball operations since the Astros were suspended in January. According to a source familiar with his club’s operations, the club is now GM-less following Crane’s decision to part ways with James Click last Friday. Evan Drellich of The Athletic contributed to this story. (Photo: Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

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