Yahoo! Sports Tim Brown reports that the Major League Baseball Players Association is scouting sites and making arrangements to hold its own Spring Training for as many as 100 unsigned free agents.
With camps set to open in Arizona and Florida next week, Brown says the MLBPA is investigating whether or not a 31st camp is necessary. Brown also reports that the union is looking into coaches and other personnel to staff the facility.
The possibility of a separate Spring Training camp is the latest in a tumultuous week between the league and the players association. Tony Clark, the head of the MLBPA released a statement on Tuesday criticizing the owners for a lack of free agent activity.
"A record number of talented free agents remain unemployed in an industry where revenues and franchise values are at record highs," Clark said. "Spring Training has always been associated with hope for a new season. This year a significant number of teams are engaged in a race to the bottom. This conduct is a fundamental breach of the trust between a team and its fans and threatens the very integrity of our game."
The league fired back at Clark and the MLBPA later on Tuesday, saying that "It is the responsibility of players' agents to value their clients in a constantly changing free agent market based on factors such as positional demand, advanced analytics, and the impact of the new Basic Agreement. To lay responsibility on the Clubs for the failure of some agents to accurately assess the market is unfair, unwarranted, and inflammatory."
The back-and-forth came on the heels of Friday's comments by prominent agent Brodie Van Wagenen, whose clients include Yoenis Cespedes and Jacob deGrom. Agents Scott Boras and Seth Levinson have also expressed their frustration to the press in recent weeks.
Roughly 125 free agents remain unsigned with just over a week to go until Spring Training begins, including many of the top free agents, such as Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Yu Darvish, and Jake Arrieta.
Lorenzo Cain's five-year, $80 million deal with the Brewers is the largest contract signed so far this offseason