The international draft is the latest thing to hold up a new agreement that would end the MLB lockout.
The two sides finally have moved closer on the core economic issues, but just when things seemed to be looking up, another roadblock came into play.
The vast majority of the players seem to be against the idea of an international draft, and the owners have been pushing a narrative that it was actually the players who initially proposed it.
Get informed before jumping to conclusions. pic.twitter.com/VA34RbC3K0
— Francisco Lindor (@Lindor12BC) March 10, 2022
It’s important that Lindor put out this statement.
Fans need to know the truth about what is going on in negotiations.
It’s clear what the owners want to get out of these bargaining sessions.
They want to bring the union to its knees.
The union continues to fight for a fair deal that would benefit both sides.
But Lindor is spot on when he says that this could greatly impact the future of the game.
The players want to make sure that international talent isn’t taken advantage of the same way other players have been with service time manipulation.
Also, the fact that there are some owners who didn’t even want to have the international draft speaks volumes to how the owners have handled these negotiations.
They aren’t even fully united on the international draft issue, yet they keep pushing for it in an attempt to cripple the union.
Baseball just needs some clean air.
The two sides have been at war for too long, and it’s time to set aside their differences and get a deal done.