Yankees and Mets pitchers rip MLB over lockout negotiation tactics
Jameson Taillon is fed up with Major League Baseball’s number.
The Yankees starting pitcher tore up the league on Twitter for his conduct during lockout negotiations with the MLB Players Union. In the league’s latest move, he told the union he wouldn’t make a counter offer and asked for the help of a federal mediator – the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service – to help restart talks. .
Here is what Taillon wrote on Twitter:
“If the goal is to get players on the field as soon as possible, then why did it take 43 days after lockdown to even hear from MLB? It didn’t seem like a priority then! Why Didn’t we get a counteroffer this week?It’s all extremely tired antics/optics.
New Mets ace Max Scherzer also had harsh words for the league, tweeting, “We don’t need mediation because what we offer MLB is fair for both parties: we want a system where the threshold and penalties don’t work like caps, allows younger players to realize more of their market value, makes service time manipulation a thing of the past, and eliminates tanking as a winning strategy.
Yankees reliever Zack Britton — who is on the union’s executive board — joined Taillon, tweeting the following:
When trying to negotiate a collectively bargained agreement… “bargaining” is necessary. #AtTheTable #StillWaiting
The MLB Players Association released the following statement on Friday:
“Two months after their lockout was put in place, and only two days after committing to Players to make a counter-offer, the owners refused to make a counter-offer and instead requested mediation. “After consultation with our Board of Directors and considering various other factors, we have declined this request. The clearest path to a fair and timely agreement is to return to the table. Players are prepared to negotiate.”
Meanwhile, MLB fought back.
“Our goal is to have players on the field and fans in the baseball diamonds for spring training and Opening Day,” an MLB spokesman said, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, “With the camps scheduled to open in less than two weeks, it is time to get immediate help from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to help us work through our differences and break the impasse. is clear that the most productive route would be the involvement of an impartial third party to help bridge the gaps and facilitate an agreement.”
Typically, pitchers and catchers start showing up for spring training for most teams in about 10 days. It seems inevitable that spring training — and possibly even the start of the regular season — will be delayed as owners and players work on a new collective bargaining agreement.
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Brendan Kuty can be reached at [email protected].