This article is part of our The Long Game series.
I have to admit, that latest farce of a salary structure proposal from the owners has me actually worried, for the first time, that we may not get a 2020 season. I should never have underestimated the sheer, brutal indifference of that group of individuals to any concerns aside their wallets, but they seem more interested in clumsy attempts to splinter the union than in trying to work out the logistics on how baseball can be played in the current environment. Nonetheless, I am going to cling to my optimism for a little while longer, and pretend as though there will be a season to prepare for.
A lot of bandwidth, here at RotoWire and elsewhere, has been used to try and guess which players will be helped or hindered by a shortened, possibly compacted schedule with expanded rosters available to teams. This player could see a bigger role; that one will have had more time to recover from an injury. You know the drill by now. Rather than focus on specific individuals, however, I'm going to soar up a bit higher and take a broader look at what such a campaign might mean to keeper and dynasty leagues, especially the impact on seasons beyond 2020.
It's all but a done deal at this point that the minor-league season will be scrubbed. The logistics of staging big-league games are complicated enough, and there's the incentive of a lucrative TV contract to keep all parties focused on solving them.