Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that the Washington Nationals and reliever Daniel Hudson are on the verge of a two-year deal.
Hudson had a 3.00 ERA in 48 innings for the Blue Jays last year but a 1.44 ERA in 25 innings for the Nationals. His peripherals, meanwhile, were more or less the same and more or less were on par with his career averages. Which, with all due respect to what he did in the second half of last season, amount to a closer to average reliever than they are to an above average reliever. Which to me says that the Nats are paying Hudson for some great small sample size results. Not always the best move.
This is just the latest of many moves made by the Nationals in the past week, following the signings of Starlin Castro and Asdrúbal Cabrera. It makes one wonder if they are pessimistic about landing Josh Donaldson, who they are courting. and have made the decision to start spending money elsewhere.
MLBPA player representative Max Scherzer sent out a short statement late Wednesday night regarding the ongoing negotiations between the owners and the union. On Tuesday, ownership proposed a “sliding scale” salary structure on top of the prorated pay cuts the players already agreed to back in March. The union rejected the proposal, with many worrying that it would drive a wedge in the union’s constituency.
Scherzer is one of eight players on the MLBPA executive subcommittee along with Andrew Miller, Daniel Murphy, Elvis Andrus, Cory Gearrin, Chris Iannetta, James Paxton, and Collin McHugh.
After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players there’s no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions. We have previously negotiated a pay cut in the version of prorated salaries, and there’s no justification to accept a 2nd pay cut based upon the current information the union has received. I’m glad to hear other players voicing the same viewpoint and believe MLB’s economic strategy would completely change if all documentation were to become public information.
Indeed, aside from the Braves, every other teams’ books are closed, so there has been no way to fact-check any of the owners’ claims. Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, for example, recently said that 70 percent of the Cubs’ revenues come from “gameday operations” (ticket sales, concessions, etc.). But it went unsubstantiated because the Cubs’ books are closed. The league has only acknowledged some of the union’s many requests for documentation. Without supporting evidence, Ricketts’ claim, like countless others from team executives, can only be taken as an attempt to manipulate public sentiment.
Early Thursday morning, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the MLBPA plans to offer a counter-proposal to MLB in which the union would suggest a season of more than 100 games and fully guaranteed prorated salaries. It seems like the two sides are quite far apart, so it may take longer than expected for them to reach an agreement.