'It's going to get ugly for those guys': How the lockout could hurt mid-level free agents

The numbers of contracts spent in free agency so far are record-breaking, mind-boggling. Max Scherzer’s annual salary of $ 43.3 million is the highest for a pitcher. The Texas Rangers spent more money in two days on two players, Corey Seager and Marcus Semien, than they have spent on their entire roster in the last four seasons combined. The New York Mets’ payroll in 2022 is approaching $ 300 million, after Steve Cohen’s holiday weekend spree.

But some agents and club executives fully anticipate the inevitable consequences of all the money being thrown now, and hope that as long as there is a labor resolution between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association (MLBPA) in English), whether it happens in the next three days or the next three months, who will bear the cost will again be the middle class of the union.

I mean, it’s those grassroots veterans who aren’t superstars and don’t get the eight- or nine-figure pay, a group that has had a huge impact on the median salary for the past seven years. “It’s going to get ugly for those guys,” said a general manager.

A players agent said: “I don’t even want to think about what is going to happen to them.”