The Major League Baseball Players Association is thinking about filing a collusion grievance charging owners with conspiring against free agents last winter, according to the Associated Press. Union head Michael Weiner confirmed to the AP that there is an ongoing investigation.
"We have concerns about the operation of the post-2009 free agent market," Weiner said. "We have been investigating that market. Our investigation is far along but not yet complete."
Agents for players have claimed that they have received multiple similar offers for free agent clients and have urged the union to speak up on the matter.
The union also alleged misconduct by teams following the 2008 season. The two sides reached a standstill agreement, giving the players' association more time to decide whether to proceed with a grievance on that matter.
Meanwhile, the MLBPA also announced today that Opening Day salaries are up slightly from last year, according to Tom Singer of MLB.com. The average player salary is $3.34MM compared to $3.31MM last season.