While players are waiting in the blockbuster trades with four teams that Mookie Betts has sent to the Dodgers, the MLB player association is calling for a solution that has almost finished spring training.
"The proposed deals between the Dodgers, Red Sox, Twins and Angels must be closed immediately," said Tony Clark, director of the players' association, in a statement. "The events of the past week have wrongly brought the lives of several players into a state of limbo. The unethical distribution of medical information and the perversion of the salary arbitration procedure are a constant reminder that players are treated too often by the game managers as merchandise."
On Tuesday, the Dodgers, Red Sox and Twins agreed on a three-way deal that included Boston Stars Betts and Pitcher David Price on the Dodgers, Los Angeles starter Kenta Maeda on the Twins, and outfielder Alex Verdugo and the Pitching Prospect Brusdar Graterol sent Red Sox. The Dodgers would then send outfield player Joc Pederson and thrower Ross Stripling against outfield player Luis Rengifo to the angels.
But before the contracts were officially signed, the Red Sox worried about Graterol's medication. They wanted more in return from the twins, who are not obliged. In the meantime, Pederson had his arbitration negotiation with the Dodgers, the team that had decided to move him to get below the luxury tax threshold. He has lost the hearing and is earning $ 7.75 million this year instead of the $ 9.5 million he requested.
Nothing has been decided since Friday evening. The players were still in the balance. Clark, however, is pushing for a solution.