Report: MLB Players Association to host free-agent spring training in Florida

A spring-training camp set up by the MLB Players Association for unsigned free agents will open Tuesday at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., according to mutiple reports.

Per The Athletic, former Astros manager Bo Porter will lead workouts, which will begin Wednesday after players report on Tuesday. Several players who are on MLB rosters are expected to attend as a show of support, before reporting to their own teams' respective camps. The union is arranging travel and housing as well as providing players per diem, but players are not allowed to bring their own personal trainers.

The Athletic also reports that clients of agent Scott Boras will not attend the camp, opting to keep training at Boras Corp facilities instead.

Boras, who represents big names like right-hander Jake Arrieta, first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and outfielder J.D. Martinez, preached patience earlier this week regarding the league's slow-to-develop free-agent market.

"I'm not ready to evaluate anything because of the market delay,'' Boras told "You have to let the market be a market before you can evaluate it.

"I believe that every good owner in the game wakes up and says there's an opportunity that exists today that didn't exist yesterday. Regardless of what the date on the calendar is, if it's good business, you should do it.''

Boras told The Athletic last month that the league has to "get rid of the noncompetitive cancer," referring to teams' unwillingness to spend on top players.

MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said earlier this week that teams "are engaged in a race to the bottom" that "threatens the very integrity" of the sport.

The union's camp will be open until at least March 4, with the possibility of extending through the end of March.

--Field Level Media