FORT MYERS, Fla. — Tony Clark, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, expressed concern Saturday regarding the current state of MLB’s free-agent market.
Several players who were offered qualifying offers this offseason have struggled to find jobs because whichever teams sign those players must relinquish a draft pick, per MLB’s collective bargaining agreement. Clark, who met with Boston Red Sox players Saturday at JetBlue Park as part of his tour of MLB training camps, finds the process to be flawed.
”The way the free-agent market has played itself out over the last couple of years suggests that draft pick compensation and the free-agent market in general is a concern that we’re paying attention to, obviously,” Clark said.
Clark is unsure whether the issue can be addressed before the current CBA expires after the 2016 season, but the union chief insisted that it will continue to be a topic of conversation.
Check out the video above to hear Clark discuss the free-agent market and other issues currently facing Major League Baseball.