Max Scherzer has taken a stance against tanking teams, as negotiations between MLB owners and the MLBPA do not appear to be going anywhere fast.
“This negotiation is about the integrity of the game from our eyes,” Scherzer said in an interview with the LA Times. “We feel as players that too many teams have gone into a season without any intent to win during the past.
“Even though that can be a strategy to win in future years, we’ve seen both small-market and large-market clubs embrace tanking, and that cannot be the optimal strategy for the owners.”
Scherzer, the three-time Cy Young winner who signed a blockbuster deal with the Mets this offseason, was voted to the top MLBPA player rep committee in 2018. He accused MLB management of manipulating service time.
“Teams are putting long-term discounted extensions in front of players before a player even makes his debut,” he said. “They’re told take the extension and you will be in the big leagues tomorrow, but if you don’t sign it, you will stay in the minor leagues.
“Playing in the big leagues is everyone’s dream, and teams are now leveraging that desire to gain financial control over a player’s career.”
On Wednesday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan repeated what the masses have continually heard since the MLB lockout began in early December, that negotiations are not going anywhere and that the two sides “haven’t had one substantive conversation.”
Buckle up for what could be a long winter and spring.