Red Sox players voted unanimously to skip the scheduled trip to Japan or play their final Spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays after learning coaches, training and equipment staff would not receive the same $40,000 bonus.
Still without an answer to their demands, Red Sox players appeared ready to make good on their threats by walking off the field for their final Spring training game after the national anthem had been sung and starting lineups announced.
"For us to go on this has to be resolved," Red Sox captain Jason Varitek told reporters.
"Everybody is in full unity what we decided to do. It's just a matter of everyone getting together and making the right decision.
"There were a lot of things that have gone on and fallen by the wayside a little bit and this is one that really can't.
"They are the extended part of our family, they are the people who take care of us.
"We're getting paid regardless, it has nothing to do with the players. It has to do with the rest of people who are sacrificing 20 days on the road and going to a foreign country."