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A Quiet Winter Meetings Is Worth Celebrating

Josh Leventhal -

The Winter Meetings came and went without any sport-rattling developments in the minor leagues. No franchise relocations. No realignment. No teams folding under the weight of a recession. And while there are still plenty of developments coming baseball's way in 2012, closing out a challenging year with a drama-free week in Dallas was certainly worthy of celebration.

Minors | #2012#Business Beat

CBA Shouldn’t Squash Small-Market Teams’ Chances

Jim Callis -Premium Content

When details of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement began trickling out, initial reaction from many scouting officials and agents was that MLB and the Players Association had killed the draft. And along with it, almost any chance small-revenue teams had to compete. As more particulars became available, it became apparent that rumors of those deaths had been greatly exaggerated.

Minors | #2012#Column

Initial CBA Reaction Was Overheated

Will Lingo -Premium Content

Nov. 22, 2011, will be remembered as a great day in baseball history. On that day Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced a five-year renewal of their Collective Bargaining Agreement, assuring baseball of more than 20 years of continuous labor peace. You might not have known that had you followed the news on Twitter that day.

Minors | #2012#Column