The Major League Baseball Players Association announced earlier this week that media members won’t be allowed at the union’s free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and it doesn’t look like front-office executives are welcome at IMG Academy, either.
On Wednesday, a general manager’s special assistant was asked to leave a workout of unsigned free agents, according to an anonymous club executive, who added that the individual was escorted off the premises.
“I cannot believe the players wouldn’t want scouts at their workout to see who’s in shape,” the club executive told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Official workouts at the camp – the first engineered by the players’ union for unsigned free agents since 1995 – began Wednesday under the supervision of former Houston Astros manager Bo Porter, and the site is expected to remain open until March 4 (though, based on attendance, it could stay open until the end of the month).
Currently, more than 100 free agents remain unsigned, and "upwards of about 30" major-league players were in attendance Wednesday, according to MLBPA executive director Tony Clark.
It's not clear which players are working out at the camp, though no Scott Boras clients – J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer, Jake Arrieta, Carlos Gonzalez, Carlos Gomez, and Greg Holland, for example – are expected to attend.
"The expectation is that some guys will come in later, some may drop off," Clark told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. "Obviously, the hope is that there aren't any guys here in the very near future. It's unfortunate that we are providing the opportunity for guys to get themselves ready for the season, as a result of not having the opportunity to get to camp themselves."
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