The headline grabbing quote was what Clayton Kershaw said about free agency in baseball. Of course, he was addressing a question about unsigned free agents Manny Machado and Bryce Harper.
Kershaw spent some time with Jorge Castillo of the LA Times on the day pitchers and catchers reported.
Clayton Kershaw on Bryce Harper and Manny Machado not signing yet: “It’s not great. It’s not great for the game by any means . . . It just doesn’t seem right that they’re not in spring training, or close to it, at this point.”
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) February 12, 2019
Kershaw’s words about the landscape of free agency in baseball was less than enthusiastic.
“It’s not great for the game by any means,” Kershaw said on Tuesday. “We got two guys that are 26-year-old superstars in the game. Obviously, I don’t know either side. I don’t know what’s going on on their side, what kind of offers they’ve been given. But you’d like to see them signed as well as the other 100 or so guys that deserve a spot.”
Now, it appears that Kershaw is having the backs of his fellow players. Furthermore, he’s not exactly attacking owners. It’s important to remember that he resonates most with a former teammate in Machado and a fellow All-Star in Harper. Still, it’s not the headline-grabbing quote that many will make it out to be.
Kershaw simply shined the light on something that baseball needs to address. That is: how free agency is handled by owners, agents, and it’s players. If something doesn’t give way in the near future, we may be writing about the possibility of a strike after the 2022 season. No one wants to hear about that. Kershaw is diplomatic and a pillar of the game. Furthermore, if a guy like him sees this as an issue; it’s worth being addressed at higher levels.
Kershaw signed his own 3-year, $93 million dollar extension this past November. This will keep him in Los Angeles until after his age-33 season.
Where do you sit on this argument? Do you side with the players or the owners, and why? Let us know in the comments!
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