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New labor deal means uncertain market this winter

Updated: November 11, 2002, 2:20 PM ET
Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Baseball teams won't be quite as quick this offseason to dole out those megamillion contracts that characterized recent winter spending sprees.

With a new labor deal that transfers money from the big spenders to the smaller markets, a struggling economy and few top players available, teams are talking more about financial discipline than breaking contract barriers this year.

Even the free-spending New York Yankees will have to work within a tighter budget because ...

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