According to this AP story, the players' union is now asking agents to keep tabs on which teams make offers to which players and for what terms. The thinking is that teh union is preparing the case for collusion suit.
There are a number of odd contracts being floated and a number of non-contracts that players are not receiving (dare I mention Jose Hernandez yet again?). I opined that this trend was due to the new CBA instututionalizing the right environment for suppressing salary growth. Of course, the owners or never loath to surreptitiously, in the vernacular, fix the game. But nothing that I have read would lead me to believe that there is anything else going on.
If it just the wonderful luxury tax and revenue sharing measures doing their intended dirty work, then the players have no one to blame but themselves. Scratch that. They could blame Donald Fehr, who represented them. Perhaps a new union chief to combat a seemingly stronger and more unified management front, would be in order.
I don't blame the union for going this route whatever the cause. When All-Stars are not being offered contracts when free agents and are not even tendored contracts by their current employers in some cases, something fishy may be a foot (a-fin?)