With the free agent market still overflowing due to a winter-long freeze, a neat trick if you know anything about liquids and temperatures, the Major League Baseball Players Association is arranging a “31st camp” for unemployed players at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The list of participants will include former Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold, 34, who’s attempting a comeback after announcing his retirement last summer. Reimold failed to receive a spring training invitation last year and had 78 plate appearances with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League before returning home. He changed agents and is trying to make it back to the majors, where he last played for the Orioles in 2016 - the team that drafted him in the second round in 2005 out of Bowling Green State University. The union approved Reimold and then denied his inclusion based on his status as a six-year minor league free agent. Joshua Kusnick, who now represents Reimold, noted how the outfielder is entitled based on his eight seasons in the majors and the matter has been resolved. An agent’s negotiating is never done. Reimold has been working out in Nashville with Ben Zobrist, Logan Forsythe, Chase Headley and James McCann. He won’t need the IMG camp to get in shape. Just to get noticed. Baltimore native and former Orioles catcher Steve Clevenger, another minor league free agent, also will attend the camp in Bradenton. Free agents aren’t the only players on edge over the lack of activity this winter. There’s also the group already under contract waiting for teams to make the necessary improvements and avoid a repeat of last place.
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