With MLB's labor deal expiring on December 11, Commissioner Bud Selig said that Major League Baseball is optimistic about the labor talks. Preliminary discussions between the two sides will begin in a few weeks, said Rob Manfred, MLB's executive vice president of labor relations and its chief negotiator.
The article was released on MLB.COM. The timing is interesting in light of the NFLPA today complaining that the NFL is dead wrong when they suggested the players want a lockout.
Topics on the table will include the First-Year Player Draft, instant replay and the playoff system.
Baseball is enjoying a period of unprecedented prosperity and growth.
Selig said he's been closely watching what's transpiring in the other sports and is pleased that baseball's labor situation has been so quiet in comparison.
"There's no question that nobody could've believed -- starting with me -- that we'd have 16 years of labor peace in a sport that had eight work stoppages," he said. "That's really remarkable."
Read the MLB article here.