Hours into Major League Baseball’s first work stoppage in 26 years, Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark presented diametrically opposed views of each side’s negotiating positions that point to a lengthy lockout.
Washington made a big splash last week doing international business, landing one of the prize young free agents and one of the top prospects in the pool — Cuban outfielder Cristhian Vaquero, who came to the Dominican Republic in 2020.
Elian Soto, the 16-year-old younger brother of Juan Soto, is expected to sign with the Nationals as an international free agent, according to multiple reports.
Shortly after the sport’s first work stoppage in 26 years began Thursday at 12:01 a.m., MLB removed all current player photos and highlights off MLB.com. Major League Baseball said in an email to The Associated Press that “every action we are taking is at the advice of legal counsel per the National Labor Relations Act.”
Baseball’s annual winter meetings have been canceled for the second straight year.
The Mets and three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer finalized a $130 million, three-year deal Wednesday, a contract that shattered baseball’s record for highest average salary. Scherzer said he was convinced during a video call with Steve Cohen last month that the second-year Mets owner was going to do whatever it took to build a winner in Flushing.