First, it was Clayton Kershaw who voiced some displeasure on the status of baseball’s free agency. Now, the Dodgers’ players union representative and elder statesman Justin Turner is chiming in.
While it’s concerning to hear two wise veterans on one ball club express concern on the matter, neither was overtly negative. Still, baseball seems to have an iceberg ahead. Moreover, this could lead to a potential work stoppage in 2022; something no one who loves the game wants to hear.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) February 16, 2019
Turner tells Bill Plunkett of the OC Register that it’s concerning to see Bryce Harper and Manny Machado still lurking in free agency waters.
“I think it’s just frustrating,” Turner said. “Obviously, there’s a lot of anger, displeasure because guys know this year it’s Manny and Bryce but next year it could be that player. There’s a lot of that going on.
“Also … we show up every year because we want to win a championship. I mean, there’s nothing else out there. The awards are great, but at the end of the day it’s about trying to win a championship. When you have that caliber of player that are still available, I feel like a lot of guys think those guys would help their team and are trying to figure out why aren’t we taking advantage of these guys still being out there?”
Accordingly – if you side with the players on this matter – you agree with Turner. Other veterans around baseball have opinions on this. For instance, Adam Wainwright released a string of tweets addressing the ‘why’ of discord amongst players.
Either way, baseball needs to get this figured out. There should be enough money to go around and prevent baseball from not happening. If a strike takes place, everyone loses.
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