PEORIA, Ariz.—When it comes to the World Baseball Classic, the not-so-well-kept secret across the game is that baseball operations people would prefer to keep their players in camp this time of year.
That’s not to say teams don’t value the experience, especially for their youngest players in the organization.
“That’s a pretty big stage,” general manager A.J. Preller said. “You’re trying to give guys opportunity to play in pressure spots, to do things that will prepare them down the road. Hopefully in our situation, we’ll get better in the next few years and are playing in some pressure spots and I don’t think it hurts guys to have played in the Classic.