Royals scout kicked out as unusual free-agent camp opens

Detroit Tigers pitcher Alex Wilson does an exercise with the rest of the players during spring baseball practice, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 in Lakeland

The shadow of Miami Marlins pitcher Javy Guerra in seen on the ground as he throws in the bullpen during spring training baseball practice Wednesday,

Members of the Miami Marlins pause before stretching during spring training baseball practice Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jef

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 Wednesday at the union's camp in Bradenton, Florida. Media was barred from the IMG Academy. The scout was told he was not welcome but could set up a session with an individual player at the player's discretion, several people familiar with the situation said. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.

More than 90 players remain without agreements among the 166 who exercised their free-agency rights last November, the most sluggish market since the final offseason of collusion in 1987-88.

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