Earlier this week I spent an hour with John Bonnes and Nate Palmer talking through ideas regarding the 2021 Minnesota Twins payroll. Who will go, what they need, and how much they’ll have to spend were all worthy conversations. The one hang up I keep coming back to is, what will the market actually bear?
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It’s completely tone deaf to suggest that owning a major league sports franchise is a losing business venture, the reality is that revenues won’t be at their traditional levels in 2020. With no fans in the stands organizations have lost out on lucrative ticket sales, concessions, and other traditional operating dollars. Because of this, the assumption is that payrolls across the league will take a step backwards in 2021. What we don’t know if where the ripple effect will end.
Free agency and talent acquisition still take place on a competitive market. There are 30 suitors for any one position (as long as the designated hitter remains universal), and varying levels of need and risk factors that come into play. Attempting to land a non-committed player will likely never be as straightforward as a one-way exchange of