Rangers OF: "Teams Aren't Willing To Compete"

Opening Day is just over a month away, and many top free agents remain unsigned

Reiter Than You
February 27, 2019 - 10:44 pm

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Manny Machado and Nolan Arenado recently signed lucrative long-term deals with the Padres and Rockies, respectively, but Opening Day is just over a month away, and many top-notch free agents remain unsigned.

Why is that?

“I just think teams aren’t really willing to compete, and that’s a problem,” Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. said on Reiter Than You. “There’s a lot of moving parts to this, but I play this game and I’ve gotten to this level to play against the best players in the world. So the fact that there’s so many really good players sitting at home, I have an issue with that.”

DeShields, 26, was the eighth overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. He hit .216 with a .310 OBP and 20 steals in 106 games last season.

“This sport, any sport, you play to compete. You play to win,” he said. “You don’t tell your fans, ‘Hey, we’re going to lose for three years,’ and, ‘Come back, we’re going to have a winning product on the field.’ In my opinion, you should try to win and put the best product on the field at all times. I’m sure there’s plenty of guys that feel that way.”

As it turns out, there are.

“There’s a lot of talented players that are sitting at home or they might not even have a job all year,” DeShields said. “And it’s sad because these men, they have families that they have to support. Teams are like, ‘I don’t want to pay a guy $3-, $4 million when I can just have a young player for the minimum.’ That’s kind of what I’ve been seeing. I don’t think it’s necessarily fair from a player perspective. It’s been like this for the past couple years, so something definitely has to change about that.”