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As teams started spring train­ing work­outs across Florida and Ari­zona, the play­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion had a Kansas City Roy­als scout es­corted out of the union’s open­ing train­ing ses­sion for un­signed free agents. About 15 play­ers at­tended the first day of work­outs on Wed­nes­day at the union’s camp in Braden­ton, Fla. Me­dia were barred from the IMG Academy. The scout was told he wasn’t wel­come, but could set up a ses­sion with an in­di­vid­ual player at the player’s dis­cre­tion, sev­eral peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion said. More than 90 play­ers re­main with­out agree­ments among the 166 who ex­er­cised their free agency rights in Novem­ber, the most slug­gish mar­ket since the fi­nal off-sea­son of col­lu­sion in 1987-88. Un­signed stars in­clude pitcher Jake Ar­ri­eta and slug­gers J.D. Martinez, Mike Mous­takas and Eric Hos­mer, all rep­re­sented by agent Scott Bo­ras.

Jake Ar­ri­eta

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