The standoff between the management and the Players Association over a new Collective Bargaining Agreement continues to hurt the next generation of baseball players.
The current lockout in Major League Baseball affects hundreds of players, but none more so than the prospects who are on the 40-man roster of their various organizations.
It is against the law for any player to practice or play in an MLB-run facility during a lockout. This includes the minor levels.
For the Toronto Blue Jays, this bad situation not only affects their major league roster, but also some of their top prospects.
Gabriel Moreno, one of the game’s brightest emerging talents, was recently signed to the 40-man roster of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The decision to keep the 22-year-old out of the annual Rule 5 Draft was necessary at the time, but it currently prevents him from participating in this team’s minor-league camp in Dunedin, Florida.
Just one season following a stunning performance in which he slashed.
Moreno, who hit a combined .373/.441/.651 in 145 plate appearances at Double-A New Hampshire, must now train by himself in preparation for a crucial 2022 campaign.
If the MLB lockout hadn’t been imposed, the 5’11” catcher would almost certainly be starting the season as the Bisons’ primary backstop, given that he spent the majority of last season in Triple-A Buffalo.
The triple-A season begins on April 5 and he will be forced to watch from afar unless a CBA is completed quickly.
How Much Does Gabriel Moreno Make?
Gabriel Moreno has not been on the Blue Jays active payroll yet. He is yet to be invited from the Triple-A (officially Class AAA) into the Majors.
However, he received a $25,000 signing bonus as an international free agent on August 3rd, 2016 when he signed with the Blue Jays