For the past two seasons, MLB has dealt with stagnant off-seasons. Superstars such as Manny Machado and Bryce Harper didn't sign until February and big contracts were in demand.
However, this off-season has been a bit different and I like it. Anthony Rendon and Gerrit Cole got the monster deals they wanted without any standoff and the only big name still in need of a deal is Josh Donaldson. Even the arbitration deals are getting taken care of, with Kris Bryant and Francisco Lindor settling their cases.
Still, that doesn't mean the impending strike will suddenly end. There's still issues pertaining to minor league baseball and the current issues involving the off-season actions still exist. Whether these issues will be resolved before the current contract's up remains to be seen. But this off-season offers a glimmer of hope. Maybe not for the players. But hopefully for both sides to resolve their issues.
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