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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
‘Business as usual’: GM meetings end as MLB's collective bargaining agreement set to expire  —  CARLSBAD, Calif. — Baseball's general managers and executives headed out to catch their flights Thursday as union executive director Tony Clark, chief negotiator Bruce Meyer poured into the same seaside resort they were vacating.
Discussion: Bleacher Nation and NESN.com
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Tim Healey / Newsday:
Sandy Alderson says luxury tax won't be an impediment to Mets' spending  —  CARLSBAD, Calif. — Eventually, after or while they hire a general manager and manager and a whole bunch of coaches, the Mets can get to the fun part of the offseason: Bringing in really good baseball players in an attempt to form a really good baseball team.
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
Scott Boras says 17 MLB teams will try to win in 2022.  Here they are  —  Super-agent Scott Boras is never exactly who he believes he is - a de facto commissioner of baseball - nor exactly what others believe him to be - such as the shadow head of the MLB Players' Association.
ESPN:
Agent Scott Boras: Tanking, MLB's ‘competitive cancer,’ led to Atlanta Braves' World Series title  —  CARLSBAD, Calif. — Baseball's most influential agent said the sport was the victim of a “competitive cancer” caused by teams unloading veterans to accumulate draft picks …
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Agent Scott Boras blasts MLB's system that allowed Atlanta to emerge as 2021 World Series winners  —  CARLSBAD, Calif. — Powerful veteran agent Scott Boras blasted Major League Baseball's economic system Wednesday, believing that Atlanta's World Series championship was a byproduct of teams no longer trying to compete.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Why MLB seems headed toward a lockout — and how that'll create a free-agent frenzy  —  CARLSBAD, Calif. — Here in paradise, a place where the sun shines every hour available, a cloak of darkness was omnipresent this week.  Almost every substantive conversation at Major League Baseball's GM meetings touched …
The Athletic:
Before free agency, MLB proposes paying players based on FanGraphs' calculation of WAR  —  CARLSBAD, Calif. — Major League Baseball on Wednesday made an updated proposal for baseball's reserve system, including a revised approach to eliminating salary arbitration.
Thomas Harrigan / MLB.com:
'21 Silver Slugger Award winners announced  —  After a season filled with some unforgettable offensive performances, MLB's top hitters were recognized Thursday night when the Silver Slugger Awards were announced on MLB Network.  —  The World Series-champion Braves led the way with four winners …
Shams Charania / The Athletic:
Ben Simmons feels 76ers want to force him to play; team responds: Exclusive  —  Ben Simmons believes the Philadelphia 76ers' recent actions are exacerbating his mental health issues, and that the team wants to deem him fit to force him to play, regardless of what he tells the team's mental health therapist …
John Shea / San Francisco Chronicle:
How Farhan Zaidi sees the Giants rebuilding their rotation  —  CARLSBAD, San Diego County — Even with the retirement of Buster Posey and uncertainty of Brandon Belt's future with the team, the Giants' primary focus this offseason has nothing to do with seeking replacements at their positions.
Discussion: NBCSports.com
The Athletic:
The Mets' real target remains David Stearns, whoever they hire as GM this winter: Sources  —  CARLSBAD, Calif. — While the Mets are moving closer to naming their next general manager, New York has bigger plans for its head of baseball operations.  Sources say the Mets' primary target remains …
Sahadev Sharma / The Athletic:
Cubs continue to turn over coaching staff as they seek impact through collaboration  —  CARLSBAD, Calif. — For the Cubs and any team across the game, the free agents signed and trades made this offseason will garner the most attention this winter.  Bringing in a new GM …
 
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