TAMPA – Gerrit Cole said players need to “wake up” and understand how some teams think of players after former Mariners president and CEO Kevin Mather’s admission to Seattle.
Cole called some practices “bad faith” and had no answer as to how the players had to resolve those issues with the current collective bargaining agreement, which is scheduled to expire in December.
“If you start playing with the beginning of the bell curve [of a players’ career]”So you say what it is and you’re just doing it strictly to make it more efficient business-wise, it’s just disappointing,” Cole said on Tuesday. “I have no answer to fix it Is. I think it’s bad faith. “
And there can be any doubt on the players or players’ union that Mather’s incredible comments were erased in a virtual discussion with the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club earlier this month.
“I think every player needs to wake up and read the news about the man with the Mariners,” said Cole, who is part of the executive subcommittee of the MLBPA. He said, ‘Unfortunately this conversation is happening in a lot of clubs. This is why a lot of clubs are acting. I do not know if anyone is able to decide the rules. Someone will find a way. “
The result is that younger players should be forced to stay longer than the minors, as Mather said the Mariners would not promote former Mets prospect Jared Kellinic to start the season, which leads to arbitration and free agency Will start his clock.
“It’s happening with a lot of clubs and it’s not productive for anyone,” Cole said. “They are not putting the best players on the field for people to see. This guy is talking about making money for the players. The product is the people he is talking about poorly. “
Cole said of the situation, “It’s tired.” I think the players are over it. If you have not awakened to that type of behavior, then this is what goes on. I don’t know how to fix it. I know I don’t like it. “
His issues did not stop here. Cole also said that he is unable to see if this season is being used in later years of the league.
He said, ‘I’m trying my hand at balls here [in camp] And no one can tell me whether we have been using balls this year or since last year, ‘Cole said. “I’m glad there was an entrance there. Something has been tampered with. All the players have known it in the last three or four years, at least. It’s another look behind the curtain on the Wizard of Oz and the smoke and mirrors. Let’s be a little more honest about that kind of stuff. “