Yesterday one of our writers wrote about the possibility of the MLBPA hosting a separate spring training for the nearly 100 plays still out on the free-agent market. Not going to lie had some great ideas and would be pretty cool just to see how it would be constructed. BUT, it will never happen.
The reason it would never happen is strictly because the reason the market is so “slow” falls more onto the players shoulders rather than the owners. Ya, ya I know that is not a popular opinion but it is true and we need to admit that.
The list of free agents still out on the open market include JD Martinez, Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish, Mike Moustakas, and Eric Hosmer. Pretty top market names that are definitely deserving of a big pay day..just not as big as they are wanting.
For the sake of this article I am going to look at just Hosmer and Martinez since they have been the two names talked about the most this off-season and arguably headline the list of players still looking for a job. Both Hosmer and Martinez have offers on the table for at least 5+ years for over $125 million.
Hosmer is probably in the best position to hold out for more years and money, BUT I don’t know how much more money he wants with a 7 year $147 million dollar deal sitting on the table. I could see him wanting to get it to $150 million but is holding out this close to spring training worth it?
As for JD Martinez, this guy is off his damn rocker thinking he is getting $210 million. He is 30 years old, has only hit over 25 home runs three times in his seven-year career and has only played in over 120 games…ready for this…twice! It could just be me but I don’t think that sounds like a $200 million dollar man to me. I think that is all you have to say and if I were him I would have signed that offer yesterday.
This is not on the owners this is 100% on the players and their individual reputation. I would love to see it happen but there are to many moving parts that would have to go into it and Major League Baseball would never sign off on the funding for it. It is sad but it would just never happen.
Written By: Kevin Perdios (@perdios95)