The head of the MLBPA said that he would like to see Pete Rose be reinstated. Rose applied for reinstatement in 1997 and 2002 with former commissioner Bud Selig.
The Astros failed to sign the first pick in this year’s draft, high school left-hander Brady Aiken. The MLBPA is working with him and his advisors to explore “all legal options.”
The former All-Star became acting executive director when Michael Weiner died Nov. 21, then was given the job in a unanimous vote by the union’s executive board on Dec. 3.
Alex Rodriguez sued the MLB and its players union, seeking to overturn a season-long suspension imposed by an arbitrator who ruled that Rodriguez used banned substances.
According to final figures released Friday by the Major League Baseball Players Association, the rise was the steepest since 2007. The boost was helped by an increase in the minimum salary from $414,000 to $480,000.