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Free Agency, Trades, and Signings
Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 07 May 2008 04:37

Barry BondsThe MLB Player’s Association (MLBPA) is investigating whether collusion is occurring to keep some veteran free agents from being signed, including Barry Bonds.

The investigation has been occurring for several weeks and is looking into not only Bonds, but players such as Kenny Lofton, Mike Piazza, David Wells, Sammy Sosa, and Roger Clemens. As reported by Buster Olney of ESPN:

MLBPA general counsel Michael Weiner, when asked if they were near a resolution, said, "I really don't know. We're still waiting for some information."

If the MLBPA determines that there is something untoward, it could file a grievance on the issue of collusion at the end of the investigation.

"The union notified us that it was investigating potential collusion regarding Barry Bonds and asked for information, and we told them that there was absolutely no collusion with respect to Barry Bonds or any other free agent," said Dan Halem, MLB senior vice president and general labor counsel. "We are aware of no facts which would support a collusion claim regarding Bonds or any other free agents."

Bonds, who is now the all-time homerun leader, has not been offered a single offer, according to his agent, Jeff Borris. No team has made me an offer for any amount at any time since Barry became a free agent," Borris said.



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