On the past week not much has happened on the lockout front, other than what we already know that the owners are not in too much of a hurry to get the baseball season started on time.
The MLBPA has made two counter offers to the owners, and the owners then requested a federal mediator be brought in to help with negotiations. The Players Association denied this request, and the stalemate continues. Commissioner Rob Manfred does have a press conference scheduled for Thursday morning; whether we find out any new information remains to be seen. It seems however that it will be a definite that Spring Training and the season will not start on time.
In non-lockout news, Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts is very optimistic that he and the team will reach an extension agreement. Andy McCullough had an article in The Athletic Tuesday in which he discussed Roberts’ tenure with the Dodgers and an extension.
“It’ll get done,” Roberts said. “It’ll get done.”
President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman seems to agree, telling The Athletic last week, “Doc has been a big part of our past success and I look forward to him being a big part of future success as well”.
The article also states that Roberts had been on the phone with a certain free agent prior to the lockout, although he declined to say just who.
“I might have been on the phone with a potential free agent to let him know how much we want to have him,” Roberts said. “I’ll leave it at that.”
For his part, Kershaw was on The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday where he talked a bit about the lockout and his friend Matthew Stafford, who is going for a Super Bowl win this weekend in Los Angeles.
“At this point, it’s February 9. There’s no way we’re going to be in Spring Training in a week, but I hope we’re in Spring Training soon so we can get the season started on time, because ultimately that’s the goal,” Kershaw said about the state of MLB. “I’ve kind of passed the baton (to Walker Buehler as player rep) so now I’m pretty removed from the situation. I get updates but as far as the day-to-day, I am not involved this time at all.”
Kershaw and Stafford played football together in middle school before baseball took over Kershaw’s sporting career. “I played quarterback like fourth, fifth grade, and that was about as far as I went. Then as I started getting a little chunkier, and the line started to be a little more my calling.”
Kershaw will be in attendance at the Super Bowl presumably cheering for his former teammate, in the seats and not in a suite. “I actually went through the Rams and bought some tickets. I’m excited.”
Justin Turner held his annual Justin Turner Foundation Golf Tournament on Monday. Current and former teammates were in attendance to help the Turners raise money for their foundation which helps veterans and sick children and more in the Los Angeles area.
Trevor Bauer had his criminal case against him dismissed. MLB will still be doing their own investigation and will decide if he will receive further discipline from the league. Bauer has been on administrative leave since early July due to sexual assault allegations.