The MLB lockout has raged on, with both the MLBPA and the owners engaging in spirited discussions, though the talks have yet to result in a resolution. In fact, MLB spring training is now believed to be in “grave danger.” Amid the MLB lockout discussions, MLBPA leader and New York Mets star pitcher Max Scherzer expressed his frustration with the owners’ offers amid the lockout, as reported by Jon Heyman.
Player leaders Max Scherzer and Andrew Miller on a recent call with MLB spoke pointedly about their unhappiness with MLB offers, hitting on competitive integrity, service time manipulation, franchise values and more. Might their unvarnished honesty trigger action?
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 2, 2022
Along with fellow MLBPA leader Andrew Miller, Max Scherzer expressed his frustration with several points involving lockout discussions with the owners.
Scherzer and the MLBPA are unhappy with the MLB owners’ stance on competitive integrity and service time manipulation, among other things. The players have reportedly proposed raising the minimum salary to $775,000 in an effort to address service time manipulation, though the owners haven’t budged past an offer of $615,000.
The MLBPA has also proposed extending arbitration eligibility to players with at least two years of service time, though the owners have been reluctant to do that either. It’s no wonder that Scherzer and the players are so frustrated with the way the lockout is going.
The longer the MLB lockout rages on, the more likely that Opening Day will be in jeopardy. Fans will hope that Max Scherzer’s words make a difference.