According to sources, AA will not allow Jose Bautista, Jose Reyes, Encarnacion, Bonifacio and Melky participate in the World Baseball Classic....Encarnacion and Melky were practicing to join the winter league in the Dominican Republic and suddenly the Blue Jays ordered to stop both.
Bautista, Encarnacion, Reyes and Melky would be starters in the Dominican team.
He'll surely allow Lawrie to play for Canada, so I'm not sure how he disallows other guys excluding Bautista.
Usually it's the players that decide not to go and not the teams who prohibit them, IIRC.
<This seems like a good way to piss the core of your team off.
He would definitely be warranted in telling Bautista not to play. Maybe even Reyes, since he's an injury prone guy. But the other 3, he should definitely let participate.
I'd be inclined to call BS on your source, actually. Can't see AA being such a dick, especially when it would alienate half of his position players.