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MLBPA visit

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Michael Weiner, MLB Players Association general counsel, met with the Sox today as the MLBPA representation tours all of the clubs. The Sox were second to last on the list, with only the Twins left to visit.

Asked the key issues of the meeting, Weiner said, “Sort of hit quickly on a number of subjects, but the principal focus of the talk is preparation for collective bargaining. We get a chance to talk to the membership — we’re talking to players all the time — but the full membership, this is the one time of year that we get a chance to speak with them.

“By this time next year, bargaining will probably have started. So talk to the players about the process by which they’ll formulate their bargaining demands over the course of the year, how the bargaining process works, what their role will be. That’s the most important thing we talked about.”

In talking to the media after the approximately hour and a half meeting, Weiner hit on drug testing, revenue sharing, realignment, and the concept of an international draft, among other topics. He said that of all the issues, revenue sharing is likely to be one of the focuses as the MLBPA prepares for collective bargaining, as it generally is. The current CBA expires at the end of 2011.

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