APNewsBreak: Baseball union, teams meet on revenue grievance

September 18, 2018 - 2:28 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — People familiar with the grievance process tell The Associated Press that union officials met last month with management of the four major league teams accused of improper spending of revenue sharing money.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because no announcements were authorized.

Players' association general counsel Ian Penny and Rick Shapiro, senior adviser to union head Tony Clark, were among the union executives who traveled to meet separately with officials of the Miami Marlins, Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays. An economist also was among the union officials who attended.

When the grievance was filed in February, MLB denied any improper use of revenue sharing money, as did Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay. Oakland said it supported MLB's statement, and new Marlins CEO Derek Jeter defended his team's decision to rebuild with young players.

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