Arbitrator Tom Roberts said Monday that he will announce his decision in baseball's first free-agent collusion case Sept. 21.
It was thought that Roberts might announce his decision Monday, but a meeting in New York with Donald Fehr, executive director of the Major League Players Assn., and Barry Rona, legal counsel to the owners' Player Relations Committee, was designed only to clear up procedural issues, Fehr and Rona said.
The union has charged the owners with conspiring to restrict the movement of free agents in violation of the collective bargaining agreement. Roberts is ruling on a grievance pertaining to Kirk Gibson, Donnie Moore and the 62 free agents from the winter of 1985-86.
A second grievance, dealing with the events and free agents of last winter, is still being heard by another arbitrator, George Nicolau.