Surely there will be more out of the 750+ guys who were Regular major leaguers but no stars or impact players yet.Not Indians related, but Ryan Zimmerman, Joe Ross and Mike Leake are all opting out of playing this season. Certainly something to monitor going forward.
As the # of tests increase.. so do the # of cases of players / personnel / families / others that are infected. The care and actions once known are clear and being followed.. Therapeutics are coming.. and the world will heal itself and allow us all this small enjoyment that is MLB baseball, hopefully.Looks like we all dodged a bullet by not going for the Cactus League idea.
AZ going back into shutdown of gyms, bars, waterparks, movie theaters for 30 days.
Interesting to think that it was considered a "safe haven" for people in other states, especially CA, to travel to for business, a few months ago.
The Orlando NBA bubble looks ridiculous now, although it made good sense at the time; FL was considered another "safe haven" for so long.
Ohio is, by the way, not out of the woods; significant increase this past week in new cases from the previous week. Even NY has had some bad days recently.
I'm not looking to attend a game until likely 2022 at the earliest. I've shared season tickets for about 20 years, but that's done.And no matter how much MLB and fans stay in denial, attendance will remain far below 2019 levels for years.
The fire sale aspect of this post and the Hoynes quotes....................This would suck......................."I know COVID adds an extra wrinkle, but if things get bad enough that we're going deep into the taxi squad during a 60 game season, then the season is probably doomed at that point anyway."
It stands to reason there will be fewer injuries in a 60-game season than a 162-game season. Unless there is a significant virus outbreak they might need only 2-4 replacements brought up. I agree that the majority of the taxi squad should be the prospects with the highest long term upsides regardless of age. There's no point in having a ton of older, AAAA guys unless the Indians think they could lose a lot of players to the virus and other teams could as well.
Could you imagine going into the final week or two tied for first with the Twins and both teams down to their 10th and 11th starters?
This season might come down to who does the best job of keeping their top players eligible to play and who has the best AAA players. Losing three starters for two weeks to covid at the same time would be devastating, especially considering the reduced number of games.
This caught my attention from Hoynes' latest column:
"Since teams will be able only to trade players from their 60-player pool this season, if you see teams adding their top prospects to their pool as the deadline approaches, it could be a sign that the bidding for Lindor is on."
I didn't realize teams could add and subtract players from their 60-man pool. However, they would have to trade or release somebody to make room.
"Teams cannot exceed 60 players in their designated player pool. To add a player, they must remove another through an improved transaction (including trades, waiver claims, releases, outright assignments, etc.)"
One thing the Indians have in their favor is a lot of guys who can play different positions, especially in the outfield. But Hosey can shift over to second base if necessary and I can see how a guy like Mike Freeman would be valuable.
Fans are always wanting to rank prospects and of course teams are not going to release their internal rankings. But this might be one exception. We should get a good insight into which prospects the Indians are highest on when the taxi squad roster is fully released today.
For me the biggest issue is not who is going to fill out the last few spots on the 20-man, but rather how this season will affect the Indians going forward. Antonetti was quoted recently as saying the Indians' financial losses this season will be "extraordinary". What does that mean for the future?
According to Hoynes:
"A few days ago a national baseball writer told a Cleveland sports talk show that he’d been told that the Indians were going to conduct “a fire sale.”
I believe it, but when? Next month? After the season? They've already been conducting mini fire sales at the end of every season. Kluber, Bauer, and Gomes are already gone in order to reduce payroll. Puig was not resigned. And that was pre-virus when they weren't having huge losses.
Now they expect to have "extraordinary" losses. I'm expecting an extraordinary fire sale. Hoynes mentioned Santana, Hand, and Clevinger in addition to Lindor. This season might be our last window of opportunity for a few years. At the end of this season at the latest I think they'll all be gone and probably Carrasco as well.