Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland was a guest of FanSided’sThe Baseball Insiders podcast with hosts and our colleagues Mark Carman and Robert Murray recently. The episode dropped on Tuesday and, among other things, Freeland delved into the recent CBA talks.
Colorado Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland spoke extensively on the MLB lockout
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland spoke extensively with Carman and Murray on the MLB lockout and his perspective on it.
Freeland, now, is one of the more veteran players on the Rockies as he is entering his sixth season with the team. However, Rockies reliever Scott Oberg is the player representative for the Rockies and Freeland has been in touch with him frequently.
“[W]e have (a) group chat that Oberg keeps us up to date on with what’s going on with the day-to-day stuff,” said Freeland. “We have media, emails that we receive. I’m definitely staying engaged with it just because I’m truly involved in it.
“I’m on the 40-man roster, I’m playing baseball, I’m going into my sixth year. It’s something that means something to me and we as players preach that we need to leave this game better than how we found it. That’s something we want to do.”
In regards to the CBA, the MLBPA wants a lot of changes and Kyle Freeland is no exception. However, there is one thing that he would really like to see: free agency determined by age, not service time.
“I gotta protect my guys, so one thing I’m going for is the age limit on free agency,” said Freeland. “You have a career minor-leaguer who has been grinding his ass off for 8-9 years and finally gets to the big leagues and he can finally hit free agency at a certain age and not having to establish 6-7 years of major league service time. … That would be one thing I’d like to see.”
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