30-year-old infielder Scooter Gennett says he is fine with sitting out the 2020 MLB season if he does not get the offer he deserves.
Gennett says that he know his worth and he won’t accept anything else even if that means missing next season.
The seven-year veteran has reportedly been low-balled all offseason and remains a free agent. Gennett said his best offer was $1.5 million in base salary and another $500,000 in potential incentives. He decided to decline that offer and wait until a better opportunity comes along.
Is Gennett Making The Right Decision?
Gennett has spent seven seasons in the big leagues and has played for three different organizations. He made the MLB All-Star team in 2018 with the Cincinnati Reds. He slashed .310/.357/.490 with 23 home runs and 92 RBI through 154 games that season. However, he regressed last season and that likely hurt his value this offseason.
Gennett suffered a groin injury in March of 2019. He did not appear to be 100 percent healthy throughout the entire season. He was limited to 42 games between the Reds and San Francisco Giants. Gennett slashed .226/.245/.323 with two home runs and 11 RBI last season. It was an injury-riddled campaign, but Gennett does have the career numbers to back him up.
It is tough to play at a high level when you’re not at 100 percent health. Gennett was productive for three straight seasons before being limited last season. He says that he has been a year-to-year guy throughout his career. Similar to everyone else, Gennett wants a multiple year deal and have the comfort of knowing he doesn’t have to play for his contract every single season.
Sadly, the MLB is heading into a direction that is not too friendly to veteran players. Many organizations would rather use cheaper and younger player to fill their needs. Players like Gennett that could be bench guys or platoon options aren’t getting multiple year deals anymore. The organizations would rather use their farm system and try to fill their holes internally.
Gennett is making the decision to bet on himself. He knows that he can play at a high level and wants a respectable offer. However, it’s unlikely that most organizations cave into his demands. Many veteran players are forced to take one-year prove it deals even after multiple successful careers prior to that. Best of luck to Gennett and hopefully he lands the deal he desires.