Mets' May: Manfred 'doesn't do good-faith things'
Add New York Mets reliever Trevor May to the growing list of players unhappy with Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred's actions during the ongoing lockout.
In a livestream on his Twitch channel, May criticized the tone of negotiations between the league and the players, honing in on Manfred.
"This is not going to be a good-faith negotiation. Not a single negotiation with the guy (Manfred) has been in good faith," he said. "He doesn't do good-faith things. … Good faith needs to stop being said. It's bad faith. Good faith doesn't exist, so stop acting like it was even a possibility."
He added: "This isn't a mutually beneficial situation. They (the league and the owners) want to win."
The right-hander doesn't believe that Manfred and the owners have the fans and players' interests in mind during negotiations.
"He just doesn’t really think about the fan as a fan. He doesn’t really think about the players as people," May said. "He thinks about all of us as a dollar sign and he wants to move the pieces in order to maximize the number of dollar signs that go to his bosses."
The 32-year-old believes the Feb. 15 start of spring training is in jeopardy.
"In my opinion, there is probably going to be something missed. Probably spring training because … you don't pay players during spring training, so the leverage on their end isn't as high as it is during the season," May said.
The Major League Baseball Players Association on Friday rejected the league's request for a federal mediator to assist in resolving the lockout.