Most of the talk about Major League Baseball during the winter months involved the lack of free-agent signings, which led the player’s association to whisper that owners were deliberately imposing their own salary cap to keep from shelling out major dollars and bloating payrolls.
“The Big Chill” was a 1980s movie about a group of friends gathering for the funeral of another friend. However, the title could easily refer to the snail’s pace of free-agent signings in Major League Baseball.
Major League Baseball Players Association head Tony Clark recently expressed frustration over the lack of free-agent signings during the past offseason. He added the owners’ unwillingness to fork out big money for big deals could eventually result in a strike when the collective bargaining agreement expires in three years.