McClatchy says collusion didn't happen this winter

Updated: March 13, 2003, 12:41 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Pirates owner Kevin McClatchy says the economy -- not any desire by major league owners to undermine the free-agent market -- led to the downturn in salaries this winter.

A number of free agents who formerly made millions per year have signed for far less, even though some stars, such as Philadelphia's Jim Thome, did get huge contracts.

The Pirates, for example, signed right-hander Jeff Suppan to a $1 million guaranteed deal last week. Last season, ...

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