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Trevor Bauer: Problematic negotiations are doing ‘irreparable damage’ to baseball

Trevor Bauer

Trevor Bauer rarely is one to hold back when it comes to sharing his thoughts, and Monday was no exception.

The Cincinnati Reds pitcher tweeted about the labor situation in baseball. Bauer says that he believes most players and owners want a season, and he seemed exasperated over the inability of the sides to reach a deal.

Bauer then said it was “absolute death” to the industry to allow the conflict over the 2020 season to continue.

He also said that now was not the time to have the greater fight between the sides since there is more of a rush now to get a season underway compared to in 2021 when the Collective Bargaining Agreement needs to be negotiated. He said the negotiation delays were causing “irreparable damage” to the sport.

Bauer previously called out MLB for what he perceived to be stall tactics by the owners. He also has pointed his finger at superagent Scott Boras. Boras represents many highly-paid players who would most adversely be affected by a pay cut on top of the prorated season. The belief is that this group of players — led by Boras — are most strongly against taking anything less than their full prorated amount.

The owners’ insistence that they only have so much money to spend on player salaries this year due to the lack of fan attendance/revenue, and the players’ insistence of not taking a pay cut beyond prorated pay, has led to the inability of the sides to come to a deal.

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