Originally posted on SF Giants Nirvana  |  Last updated 11/13/11

Players and owners are close to finalizing a new labor deal that would bring significant changes to MLB, particularly when it comes to the draft. The deal is expected to have “significant restraints” on draft spending, as well as significant changes to the current system of draft pick compensation. The general reaction is not positive, and for good reason.

In other news…

  • File this under “things we pretty much already knew,” but Jon Heyman tweets that there’s “no evidence” that the Giants would trade Tim Lincecum or Matt Cain. Anyway, this was already all but confirmed, especially in the wake of the Jonathan Sanchez trade. I imagine the Giants will extend Matt Cain sometime soon, as that seems to be one of their top priorities as of now.
  • Ryan Doumit will likely sign soon with a team; the Giants, who are presumably in the market for a backup catcher (with Eli Whiteside looking like a non-tender candidate), could potentially have interest. According to Jerry Crasnick, one mystery National League team has made an offer to Doumit.
  • It’s beginning to look more and more likely that the Giants will go after Clint Barmes, and that wouldn’t be such a bad decision. He’s perhaps the only decent inexpensive shortstop left on the market, and as a solid defender that can lefties, he seems to complement Brandon Crawford well.
  • The Giants are probably not in on Japanese centerfielder Nori Aoki.
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