The New York Times reports:

Top officials from Major League Baseball and the M.L.B. Players’ Association met at the league office on Monday, the first step in a process that the union hopes will result in substantive changes to the sport’s labor agreement.

Monday’s meeting was only to discuss logistics for negotiations, officials said, but the beginning of the talks — more than two years before the current agreement expires — underscores the urgency of both sides to address the concerns of the players, who have been largely dismayed by the slow-moving free agent market the last two off-seasons and the subtext, they believe, of too many teams not spending to win.

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