With baseball's Hot Stove cool to the touch, Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan penned a lengthy piece asking whether the sport's economic system might be broken.
The offseason's biggest moves have come via trade, with Giancarlo Stanton going to the Yankees and Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen joining the Giants.
The Phillies appeared to open the spigot by signing Carlos Santana to a three-year, $60 million contract in December, but one month later top free agents Eric Hosmer, J.D. Martinez and Yu Darvish remain available.
"The desire to push back is easy," one union official said to Passan. "In the past, it was almost a foregone conclusion for a work stoppage. In this climate, at this time, the other side knows that if tensions are left to rise to that magnitude, the entire industry is going to suffer no matter where we land. That has to be something they take into account when this push comes."
The Mets have agreed to a pair of free agent deals, inking RP Anthony Swarzak to a two-year, $14 million pact last month and bringing back OF Jay Bruce on a three-year, $39 million contract.