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This offseason is gonna be weird - A Hunt and Peck

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When the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bays Rays on 3-1 on Tuesday the MLB offseason official began. Immediately, shenanigans began. Cardinals fans likely already know about the Cardinals choice to decline Kolten Wong’s option — a choice that frustrated many. Soon after though, many other teams announced they too had declined options for their players. Over and over again this headline appears on MLBTradeRumors.com.

I am not sure what to expect this offseason. With team revenues down due the the pandemic, it appears many are looking to shed payroll. The Cardinals have reportedly let go of special assistants Chris Carpenter, Jason Isringhausen, and Jim Edmonds.

Other cost-cutting measure look to be coming, too.

With other teams likely following suit, the free agent market could be different than what we have seen in the past. Offers are poised to be lower, the minor leagues are in limbo, and COVID-19 still strains daily life. Also the White Sox have named Tony La Russa their manager? What in the world?

This offseason is going to get really weird. Hold on, folks.

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A Defense of Kevin Cash Pulling Blake Snell in the World Series | FanGraphs Baseball

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In Appreciation of Blake Snell | FanGraphs Baseball

Detroit Tigers News: A.J. Hinch hired as new manager | Bless You Boys

Tony La Russa’s hiring is an inexcusable mistake for the White Sox | SBNation.com

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what the cardinals are up to...

Mozeliak On Cardinals' Payroll Outlook | MLB Trade Rumors

Paul Goldschmidt Undergoes Elbow Surgery | MLB Trade Rumors

John Mozeliak discusses Cardinals offseason plans | St. Louis Cardinals

Contract Crowdsourcing 2020-21: The Kolten Wong Ballot | FanGraphs Baseball

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the nl central

It’s time for the city of Chicago to repeal or revise the Wrigley Field night-game ordinance | Bleed Cubbie Blue

Brewers decline option on Eric Sogard, officially declining all team options for 2021 | Brew Crew Ball

Milwaukee Brewers decline contract option on Jedd Gyorko, per report | Brew Crew Ball

Milwaukee Brewers decline Ryan Braun’s option, slugger heads to free agency | Brew Crew Ball

viva el stuff...

In baseball and in America, this summer was a journey from collective responsibility to abdication | Viva El Birdos

Kolten Wong is gone and that sucks | Viva El Birdos

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