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Bryce Harper and his (former?) teammates had a very funny discourse on free agency

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The free agent market has moved at the pace of molasses. Owners, holding their wallets ever-closer to their chest, have refused to dole out contracts to what insiders and front office executives had billed as the best free-agent class in decades.

As Spring Training rapidly approaches, nearly every top free-agent remains on the market — and the few who signed have gotten far less than projected or what players with similar profiles got just two or three years ago.

Naturally, this hasn’t struck a positive chord with players, or the spouses of players, especially those who actively share their opinions on Twitter.

In fact, all it took was one Tweet to set off a (very funny) discourse between Shawn Kelley, Eireann Dolan, Sean Doolittle, and he-who-shall-not-be-named (it’s Bryce Harper).

(As a side-note: Is Kelley referring to glove-throwing, struggling with location, or just overall strength? In any case, we support him.)

On a more serious note, these discourses will soon move off Twitter and blogs and into the territory of labor disputes. With a new collective bargaining agreement set to be debated ahead of the 2022 season, the change in the free agency process very well may set off a strike or lockout, seriously damaging a game already struggling to connect with younger fans.