MLBPA monitoring Blue Jays, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and ‘service-time manipulation’

first_imgAs Vladimir Guerrero Jr. remains in the minors to start the 2019 season, the Major League Baseball Players Association wants to make sure the Blue Jays aren’t manipulating the young slugger’s service time.Despite slashing .381/.437/.636 with 20 home runs in the minors, Guerrero didn’t get a September call-up, which caught the attention of the players’ association. Keeping Guerrero in the minors delays his accumulation of service time at the MLB level, which would delay his elgibility for free agency in a few years.The MLBPA will continue to monitor how Blue Jays’ management handles Guerrero’s delayed promotion to the big leagues. Tony Clark, the executive director of the players’ union, is scheduled to visit Blue Jays’ spring training camp at some point in March. He has stated in recent weeks that the service-time manipulation is “getting in the way of our game.” MLB hot stove: Blue Jays sign pitcher Clay Buchholz “It’s something we are following and it’s going to be an issue,” an anonymous players association source told The Toronto Sun on Thursday. “Service-time manipulation has been a prominent theme that the players association has emphasized in its talks with Major League Baseball.“It’s fair to say it has been a prominent issue raised by the players association.” Related News Jays general manager Ross Atkins addressed Guerrero’s future earlier this week on MLB Network Radio, saying he doesn’t believe the Dominican-raised phenom is ready to be promoted yet.“Our vision is it really comes down to development, so I just don’t see him as a major league player, right? He’s 19,” Atkins said.“We’re just trying to maximize and do everything that we can to do what’s best for him,” he continued. “We genuinely feel it would be a disservice to the organization and to Vladdy if we weren’t thinking about it that way, to maximize his full potential.”last_img

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