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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Owners, Players to Face Off On Salary Cap in Strike Talks

NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball owners and players will resume contract talks Wednesday in the first face-to-face meeting since players went on strike Aug. 12, federal mediators announced.


But union head Donald Fehr said Monday he saw no evidence there could be progress, and Boston Red Sox chief executive officer John Harrington said when owners get to the table they will be offering the same salary-cap proposal.


"We assume that at the first meeting we'll get the management chorus of 'Solidarity Forever,'" Fehr said after meeting with management negotiator Richard Ravitch and the mediators for about 20 minutes to set this week's schedule.


Only three actual owners were picked for management's 12-person pool: Jerry Reinsdorf of the Chicago White Sox, Jerry McMorris of the Colorado Rockies and Drayton McLane of the Houston Astros. Also in the group is Wendy Selig-Prieb, the daughter of acting commissioner Bud Selig and the vice president-general counsel of the Milwaukee Brewers, the team her father owns.


Fehr, speaking before owners announced their team, launched into repeated attacks on Ravitch's credibility.


"The owners want to drastically lower player salaries," Fehr said. "Dick's the assigned hatchet man to go and get it done. Dick is not an independent figure here." Ravitch shrugged off Fehr's comments. "The last time I found name calling to be meaningful was when I was in grade school."


Ravitch has said repeatedly he feels for the tens of thousands of workers laid off because of the players' strike, which entered its 11th day Monday and already has forced cancellation of 141 games.


Fehr noted that Ravitch receives his $750,000 annual salary during the walkout while players and union officials are not getting paid. Fehr insisted owners are on a preset schedule, believing that players will crack and take a salary cap.


"The owners decided a long time ago they are on a clock," Fehr said. "And when the clock gets to the day they want to settle -- whether it's this week, this month, next month, next year or 1996 -- then they'll talk seriously."