Max Sherzer took a position against the tanking groups, as negotiations between MLB owners and MLBPA don’t seem to be going fast.
“These talks are about the integrity of the game in our eyes,” Sherzer told the LA Times. “As players, we feel that in the past, a lot of teams have had a season where they didn’t intend to win.
“While this may be a winning strategy in the coming years, we’ve seen small markets and large market clubs adopt tanking, and this may not be the optimal strategy for the owners.”
Three-time Cy Young winner Sherzer, who signed a blockbuster deal with the Mets this season, was named to the 2018 MLBPA player’s best rap committee. He accused MLB management of manipulating service time.
“Teams are putting long-term discount extensions in front of players before a player makes his debut,” he said. “They were told to get an extension and you will be in the big league tomorrow, but if you don’t sign a contract, you will stay in the small league.
“It’s everyone’s dream to play in the big leagues and teams are now taking advantage of the desire to gain financial control over a player’s career.”
On Wednesday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan repeated What the public has always heard since the MLB blockade began in early December is that the talks are not going anywhere and that the parties have “not had any meaningful conversation.”
Tie for something that could be a long winter and spring.