Whether it's good, bad, or ugly, or a combination of all of those things, it's baseball. It might not be the baseball we wanted, but it is the baseball that 2020 demands. Happy baseballing, y'all.
Whatever it looks like when the season actually starts, there aren't really any winners in this deal. The animus of these negotiations will not be forgotten by either side and the likelihood of a breakdown in future negotiations canít be understated at this point.
There's been a lot of talk about baseball "healing the country," from political figures and the commissioner himself. While that's a romantic notion, it's pretty much garbage.
Just because there's other, more important things going down, that doesn't mean we should ignore the fact that MLB has basically failed to establish clear standards of accountability when it comes to enforcing its rules.
On what else happened in the AL offseason beyond Boston's trade of Mookie Betts, the Astros' sign stealing scandal, and the Yankees signing Gerrit Cole.