SAN DIEGO — Kurt Bevacqua decided Tuesday afternoon to go to spring training with the Padres as a non-roster player, but team general manager Jack McKeon said he told Bevacqua earlier in the day:
"Kurt, nothing has changed from a month ago. Go to spring training. Fine. But at the end of spring training, you go home. Because someone else is going to make that club. You're not. You can't."
So free agency has struck (out) again.
Bevacqua, age 38, was allegedly free after the 1985 season. The Padres offered him a chance to rejoin the team through arbitration, but he turned them down to test the market. But his market crashed. None of the teams he wanted to play for wanted him, and under the new collective bargaining agreement, he was not allowed to sign again with the Padres until May 1.
Opening day is April 7.
So Bevacqua doesn't much like this new collective bargaining agreement.
"I think I'll file suit against the player's association (which instituted the May 1 rule)," he said. "I'll know for sure next week."