Harper, Rangers, Rays to join MLBPA-backed agreement on 2020 free agent signings

Sep 25, 2021 News

MLBPA chief executive David Geffen said Tuesday that the union is seeking a multiyear extension to the current agreement that expires in 2021.

Harper and the Rangers will be among the top free agents, Geffen told The Associated Press.

“We want to be able to do the best job possible to continue to provide them with the opportunity to be successful,” Geffen, the president of the Professional Baseball Players Association, said at a news conference.

“They have to be rewarded for the great work they’re doing.”

The Rangers and the Red Sox have the most guaranteed money in the major leagues and have the best interest of the players and the fans in mind, Geffensaid.

“I believe the Rangers are going to do just fine and they’re going to have an excellent year,” Geffen said.

The Rangers have the league’s third-best record and are projected to finish with a winning record for the first time since the 1980s.

The Red Sox, whose star player, Mookie Betts, has been out of the lineup since Sept. 7 with a fractured left hand, have a better chance of making the playoffs than the Rangers, according to ESPN.com’s baseball forecasting model.

Geffen also said the pact will benefit the players, who are now eligible to sign with any team without signing a contract that requires arbitration.

“The players are very happy and they expect a lot from this agreement,” GeFFEN said.

“But we’re also happy because it’s a way to give them a chance to compete and have an opportunity to win.”

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