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Framework in place for more stringent policy

Updated: December 8, 2004, 10:38 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

PHOENIX -- Baseball players gave their lawyers the go-ahead Tuesday to reach an agreement with owners on tougher testing for steroids.

After negotiations with management were outlined to the executive board of the players' association, union head Donald Fehr said the board "authorized us to attempt to conclude an agreement consistent with those discussions."

Sources familiar with those negotiations told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark that the proposed deal includes four major components:

"Significant" ...

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