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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Both Sides Getting Ready For Shutdown

NEW YORK -- Instead of trying to settle their dispute as the strike date loomed, negotiators for baseball players and owners are talking about an orderly shutdown of the industry.

On Tuesday, the two sides had been scheduled to continue Monday's meeting, which was devoted to non-economic issues. Instead, the No. 2 officials on each side met to discuss details of the strike's start on Friday.

"How people get home, where they mail checks to for the 11 days if there isn't a settlement, minor-league assignments," union head Donald Fehr said after a day of tough and colorful talk but little or no action.

While the two sides will meet Wednesday, Fehr said he anticipates no change in positions. He said owners had left the players only one option: accept a salary cap.

Owners negotiator Richard Ravitch, too, said he saw little hope of avoiding a walkout. But he said he didn't think it would last all winter.