Obviously, the substance and specifics of Anthopoulos' conversations with other clubs insofar as free agency is concerned will determine whether anything untoward took place.
Tony Clark, the executive director of the MLB Players Association, made the claim Wednesday in response to comments by Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos, who told reporters Monday that he had already spoken with officials of all clubs but the Nationals and Astros, who were occupied with the World Series.
"Every day you get more information", Anthopoulos said, according to O'Brien.
According to sources, baseball was willing to negotiate the particulars of the signing deadline, perhaps making it only for contracts of three years or longer so that unsigned players would not only be limited to one-year deals.
Clark responded that Anthopoulos' statement amounted to coordination between teams regarding free agency, which would constitute a violation of the collective bargaining agreement. The clear description of club coordination is flagrant and we have launched an immediate investigation into the issue, "Clark said in a statement via Ken Rosenthal". Clark's statement suggests that the union is not inclined toward a charitable reading of Anthopoulos' words. He could have simply been talking about team building strategy in terms of due diligence on the trade market.
If the teams were wondering if they would compete with some free agents, it would be against the rules.
The CBA states that "Players shall not act in concert with other Players and Clubs shall not act in concert with other Clubs".
With free agency technically underway, the MLBPA is playing its role on protecting its constituents.
Anthopoulos has issued a statement clarifying his previous comments, "In advance of the General Managers meetings, I called around to Clubs to explore the possibility of potential off-season trades".