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Baseball players have some new ideas to end their strike - concepts owners may not want to hear.

Exactly two years after owners reopened the labor agreement and began the battle that led to the Aug. 12 strike, players created a plan that would give them consulting rights on a commissioner.Union head Donald Fehr didn't detail the plan owners will receive Saturday, other than to say it "will not include a salary cap of any kind." He didn't predict it would lead to a quick settlement, but said it addressed management's desire for a partnership with players.

"You guys are going to be surprised when you see it," Milwaukee infielder Kevin Seitzer said.

Owners intend to impose a salary cap when they meet Dec. 15 in Chicago. Players view the new plan as their last chance to stop the cap.

The proposal would give players a voice on major management decisions, according to two participants in the union meeting who spoke on the condition they not be identified.

Players would have consulting input on the hiring of a commissioner and other important industry issues such as national television contracts and international play. The players' plan, according to the sources, would give them a participatory role in some matters.

"Those are some things that have been talked about, but I really have no comment," acting commissioner Bud Selig said from his home in Milwaukee.

The commissioner's post - vacant since Fay Vincent was forced out on Sept. 7, 1992 - was created in 1920, and the owners have hired and paid for his services ever since.

Owners have said they want to form a partnership with players, but haven't wanted to share decision-making. They point to the NBA's salary cap, in which the teams split revenue with the players but have complete control over the league's business affairs.

The plan also deals with owners' concerns about spiraling salaries and costs - but to a degree far short of management's demand.

"There are some disincentives for large-market clubs to spend," said Toronto's Paul Molitor, one of 99 players at the three-day meeting. "Naturally, taxation will be a part of it.".

The proposal still must be completed and was due to be discussed today during a meeting between union officials and agents.