This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.
There are a number of important factors that will impact our management of fantasy teams for next season. I want to go over a few things I have heard from very reliable sources:
MLB is recommending that organizations cut their operating budgets by 30 percent or more. That includes player payroll, player development and all departments and offices within an organization.
Imagine if you had to cut your living expenses by 30 percent just to survive. And some people do have to cut back to that extent in this age of the pandemic. It's drastic. It's life altering.
Baseball teams are making drastic, franchise changing decisions.
What we are seeing so far is the decline of team-controlled contract options and the release of players who likely would be offered a contract, but are marginal players or are too expensive for the team's future.
Kolten Wong, a credible second baseman, was sent packing by the Cardinals. The Indians hoped to save $1M by putting Brad Hand on waivers. He wasn't claimed. Jon Lester and Carlos Santana are free agents. So is Ryan Braun. There will be more. Many more.
If given the choice between bringing a veteran player back and going with a young, controllable player making major league minimum, the team will choose the young player. It will happen everywhere. Brace for it.
In the coming weeks I will highlight some of the younger players who will dot the rosters of big-league clubs. These will be players