The White Sox are willing to pamper their pitcher’s trump card, Lucas Giolito, and it can backfire pretty quickly.
After a season filled with labor negotiations, the White Sox have the guts to take it to arbitration their best pitcher Lucas Giolito over $50,000, which varies greatly in the world of MLB contracts.
Giolito will likely be selected as Opening Day starter for the third year in a row. He knows how important he is to this White Sox team, which is why he doesn’t back down from such a small number. The two sides entered that negotiation hoping to strike a short-term deal, but to no avail when the White Sox dropped the initial offer for unknown reasons.
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Understandably, Giolito was very hot after the incident.
“Very frustrating,” Giolito said. “I love the White Sox fans and I appreciate all the love from those people [on social media]. It’s just very unfortunate, not in good shape. “
Giolito’s agent went a step further.
“It would be absurd if they actually attended a hearing on this,” the representative said. “It shows the difficult feelings of both sides. Not a positive thing for either side.”
Giolito won’t be a free agent until after the 2023 season, but if the White Sox continue to treat the 27-year-old pitcher this way, there’s no guarantee he’ll stay south of Chicago or even the league position a new contract person.
“Like I’ve always said about the extensions, I absolutely love this team,” he said. “The more I play, the more I understand my worth as a player. And I just want to be fair. It’s always been fair to me, that’s where I’m at. ”
Giolito’s father even took to Twitter, criticizing the White Sox for their lack of professionalism in the process.
“It would be absurd to arbitrate over $50k,” tweeted Rick Giolito. “Will the referee say WTF? I don’t appreciate that the Sox lowered their offer almost twice as much as Lucas raised the price. Luc tried to be fair. Sox trying to punish him for not taking their offer? “
All in all, this frustrating process should be over soon and before it reaches the referee. If the White Sox don’t admit their mistakes, they risk losing their youth piece to a potential championship contender after 2023 – while Giolito will still be at his prime.
“For it to come down to the 50k difference before filing, it was like, ‘Come on,’ ‘Giolito continued.
It is on the White Sox to mend this relationship and finally give Giolito what he wants or get used to watching him come out in a different uniform in 2023.
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