The MLBPA would like to start CBA talks soon

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Union head Michael Weiner is taking his annual tour of spring training facilities, and while at Cardinals camp today he said that, though the current labor deal doesn’t expire until December, he’d like talks about a new collective bargaining agreement to be held before the season begins.

I’m assuming that the primary reason for this is to show off. I mean, if the union and the league actually sat down today, there’s a decent chance they’d have a new deal in place before the NFL’s lockout starts in a couple of weeks.

How cool would that be?  If that happened Selig and Weiner could simply release a statement saying “while we have important differences of opinion on many matters, we also realize that killing a great thing is totally insane. I mean, really dudes.”

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.