The Mets are currently holding offseason workouts in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and based on some chatter coming from reporters who are at the camp and local beat writers, the Mets are running some bullshit.
Things got started when ESPN's Adam Rubin sent out the following tweet:
Someone then asked him if he could confirm a rumor that players attending this camp had to pay for it out of their own pockets:
That's when Jon Santucci, a sportswriter who is actually at the camp, chimed in:
Mike Barwis is a strength and conditioning specialist who has his own reality show on the Discovery Channel—it's called American Muscle, because of course it is—who was hired by the Mets to run offseason workouts like these.
The Mets aren't allowed to make attendance at "voluntary" workouts mandatory, but young guys in the minors who are trying to scratch their way onto the roster don't really have a choice when it comes to attending. The fact that they are also apparently being asked to pay their own way is bullshit, and also a very Mets thing for the Mets to do.