What would MLB players gain by boycotting spring training?

A deeper look at the possibility and implications of this latest threat.

I’ve run out of ways to describe the pace of this off season. To even call it a lukewarm stove seems like hyperbole at this point. The stove is off. Pitchers and catchers are supposed to report in 12 days and 22 of the top 50 free agents, according to CBS Sports’ free agent tracker, remain unsigned. You can take a look at the unsigned free agents and where CBS ranked them originally in the chart below:

The situation has led to some pretty remarkable possibilities as we head towards spring training, including a notable free agent threatening to sit out until the midpoint of the season when he feels he’ll be treated more fairly, the possibility of a free-agent run spring training camp for players who are still unsigned and, today’s latest bombshell, and the impetus for this post: the co-owner of CAA Baseball conveying that players are threatening to boycott spring training. You can read the letter in its entirety below:

A rising tide… @MLB_PLAYERS

— Brodie Van Wagenen (@bvanwagenen) February 2, 2018

The key quote:

Bottom line, the players are …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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