Major League Baseball released a statement in response to MLBPA chief Tony Clark's comments about the stagnant free agent market, where he claimed that teams "engaged in a race to the bottom" are threatening the "integrity" of the game.
"Our Clubs are committed to putting a winning product on the field for their fans," MLB said. "Owners own teams for one reason: they want to win. In Baseball, it has always been true that Clubs go through cyclical, multi-year strategies directed at winning.
"It is common at this point in the calendar to have large numbers of free agents unsigned," MLB's statement continued. "What is uncommon is to have some of the best free agents sitting unsigned even though they have substantial offers, some in nine figures. It is the responsibility of players' agents to value their clients in a constantly changing free agent market based on factors such as positional demand, advanced analytics, and the impact of the new Basic Agreement. To lay responsibility on the Clubs for the failure of some agents to accurately assess the market is unfair, unwarranted, and inflammatory."