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With less than two weeks before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, dozens and dozens of quality major league free agents remain jobless.
But there are no plans for the Players' Association to repeat last year's experiment with a training camp for unsigned players, according to major league sources.
Last year, approximately 30 major league players, including recognizable names like Mike Napoli, Neil Walker and Tyler Clippard, attended what came to be known as "Camp Jobless" in Bradenton, Fla. The idea was to keep in shape and be ready when a team called late into spring training.
This year, despite widespread player concerns about the free agent market, there was not significant interest in another camp. The union is instead using its time and resources on other issues related to the labor situation.
Meanwhile, many quality players sit home and wait for their next contract, in part a result of what has become an increasingly tense and uneasy relationship between the union and league.