While the players wait in the four-team blockbuster trades that sent Mookie Betts to the Dodgers, the players union is calling out MLB, demanding a resolution with spring training almost ready to begin.
“The proposed trades between the Dodgers, Red Sox, Twins and Angels need to be resolved without further delay,” Tony Clark, the Players Association director, said in a statement. “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 commodities by those running the game.”
On Tuesday, the Dodgers, Red Sox and Twins agreed on a three-way deal that sent Boston star Betts and pitcher David Price to the Dodgers, Los Angeles starter Kenta Maeda to the Twins, and outfielder Alex Verdugo and pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol to the Red Sox. The Dodgers then would ship outfielder Joc Pederson and pitcher Ross Stripling to the Angels in exchange for infielder Luis Rengifo.
But before the deals were made official, The Red Sox grew concerned about Graterol’s medicals. They in turn wanted more in return from the Twins, who haven’t obliged. In the meantime, Pederson had his arbitration hearing with the Dodgers, the team that had decided to move him to get under the luxury tax threshold. He lost the hearing and will make $7.75 million this year instead of the $9.5 million he asked for.
Meanwhile, as of Friday evening, nothing has been decided. The players were still in limbo. Clark, however, is pushing for a resolution.