There was no puff of white smoke emanating from the conference rooms of a Dallas-area hotel on Wednesday when baseball's new collective bargaining agreement was reached.
Truthfully, the only parties really interested in the international draft, the luxury-tax threshold and other economic issues were the league, the lawyers, a handful of media members and MLB Network, which would have had a lot of time to kill if a lockout had canceled next week's winter meetings.
For the rest of us, probably including some players and owners, the prevailing thought was "wake me when it's over."
Now it's over. And in a surprise development, the "Selig Rule" was...