The Mookie Betts trade story gets more interesting by the minute. On Friday, Major League Baseball’s Players Union issued a statement expressing their dissatisfaction with the player swap between the Dodgers, Red Sox, and Twins in particular.
Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark today released the following statement: pic.twitter.com/bxzIj9GQmb
— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) February 7, 2020
Executive Director Tony Clark made it clear that the trade between the Dodgers, Red Sox, Twins, and Angels was not fair to the players involved. And to his point, it does make for a very awkward situation indeed. Players are packing their bags as we speak getting ready to head out to the Spring Training facilities, but these few are stuck in limbo.
The players union urged the sides to come to a decision quickly for the sake of the players. The Dodgers alone have at least four of their major league players involved in the two reported trades.
The events of this last week have unfairly put several players’ lives in a state of limbo. The unethical leaking of medical information as well as the perversion of the salary arbitration process serve as continued reminders that too often players are treated as commodoties by those running the game.
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With the collective bargaining agreement set to expire soon, this isn’t exactly an encouraging step in improving relations between players and the league. The medical review of Twins’ prospect Brusdar Gaterol resulted in the Red Sox halting the trade after it was initially reported.
While most reporters seem to think the trade will still go through, it does not seem to be happening quickly enough.