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WASHINGTON — Major League Baseball wants a broad discussion with players about rule changes to combat decreased offense and longer games, an initiative likely to be met by a testy union stung by declining free-agent prices.

Commissioner Rob Manfred and players’ association head Tony Clark outlined their differing agendas during separate sessions with the Baseball Writers’ Association of America before Tuesday night’s All-Star Game.

“There is a growing consensus or — maybe even better — an existing consensus among ownership that we need to have a really serious conversation about making some changes to the way the game is being played,” Manfred said. “… …continue reading here…