Another Very Big Day for MLB, Fans of Players Not Teams, Drugs in Baseball, and Other Cubs Bullets

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Another Very Big Day for MLB, Fans of Players Not Teams, Drugs in Baseball, and Other Cubs Bullets

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Today’s earworm is ‘A Horse With No Name,’ especially the naaa naaa na-na-na-na part, because it was absolutely designed in a lab to get stuck in your head.

•   Although today is very important for the CBA negotiations, it doesn’t feel like it carries the same weight as Saturday did. I think we knew that if the owners’ offer that day wasn’t a SUBSTANTIAL move, then Spring Training was gonna be busted up and Opening Day was 85% in peril. It wasn’t a substantial move, so we’re already in that zone now. Today’s offer from the players, then, just needs to move the ball a little bit on a variety of issues in order to keep the back-and-forth going. On the one hand, I want the players to make some big moves because I want a deal to get done; on the other hand, I feel like MLB’s process throughout this lockout has been unreasonable. I guess all that combines to make me feel much more “let’s just see what happens” today than I felt on Saturday, which was, “PLEASE GOD MAKE A SUBSTANTIAL MOVE ALREADY.”

•   The hardest part is the luxury tax situation, where the owners have barely moved the thresholds at all, *AND* have sought to dramatically increase the penalties for crossing those thresholds. It’s just not acceptable, so it’s hard for me to see how the players can be the ones to bridge that gap. If you want a summation of where the sides stand in the CBA negotiations on key issues, Tim Dierkes has a fantastic one at MLBTR – just a clear run down of each key issue, what’s been offered, what the disparity is, and what’s been agreed to.

•   I’ll have to dig in on this a bit because, while it feels anecdotally true, it just seems so striking:

•   Some are treating this story as a source of salacious drama, but it’s just made me too sad to do that:

•   Matt Harvey testified at length this week, together with other players, about the drug use he saw and participated in while with the Angels before Tyler Skaggs died. I think it would’ve been naive to think that MLB (and MiLB) would be immune from the opioid epidemic of the past decade, but it’s still hard to hear players confirm these issues. You know that it’s probably as prevalent as anywhere else, and the quote that made me the saddest was this one from Harvey when he was asked if he ever considered telling Skaggs to be more careful: “Looking back, I wish I had,” Harvey said. “In baseball, you do everything you can to stay on the field. At the time, I felt as a teammate I was just helping him get through whatever he needed to get through.”

•   I’m sure it seems like this is coming up a lot lately, but (1) Spring Training is about to start for minor leaguers while there are CBA negotiations going on, so yeah, obviously; and (2) it’s really important stuff if you care about baseball and humans:

•   Randy Johnson was ridiculous:

•   Bluetooth speakers, storage containers, and more are your Deals of the Day at Amazon today. #ad

•   This has Javy written all over it (sigh):

•   DeMar DeRozan is so beyond ridiculous right now:

•   And the Bulls are adding some depth from the buyout market:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.