The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement Sunday refuting reports that players might boycott spring training.
Recent press reports have erroneously suggested that the Players Association has threatened a ‘boycott’ of spring training, the statement read. Those reports are false. No such threat has been made, nor has the union recommended such a course of action.
On Friday, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark issued a statement expressing concern about the situation.
For decades free agency has been the cornerstone of baseball’s economic system and has benefited Players and the game alike, Clark wrote. Each time it has been attacked, Players, their representatives and the Association have united to defend it. That will never change.
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Berry made his comments the same day Realmuto lost his salary arbitration hearing vs. the club. Realmuto will make $2.9 million this season rather than the $3.5 million he Andre Ellington Jersey and Berry sought. Berry said the ruling won’t increase Realmuto’s desire to be traded.
Berry’s request is similar to what the agent for outfielder Christian Yelich did last month. Joe Longo publicly pressed the Marlins to deal his client prior to the start of camp. Miami completed a trade with the Brewers on Jan. 26, acquiring outfielder Lewis Brinson and three other prospects.
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Realmuto should yield as much, if not more, than Yelich in a trade. He tied for third among major league catchers last season with 3.6 fWAR and was fifth in Fangraphs’ defensive ranking at his position. He won’t turn 27 until March 18. The Nationals have been mentioned most often as a potential trade partner.
Miami has traded Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Dee Gordon this offseason as part of a massive payroll paredown. Starlin Castro is the lone established major league to come back to Miami in those deals.