“RHP Nolan Hoffman was selected first overall in the draft by the Orioles, which is great for him and a smart pickup by the Orioles; Hoffman, Seattle’s fifth-rounder in 2018, missed most of 2019 with TJ surgery and obviously didn’t pitch in 2020, but bounced back in a strong campaign in a 2021 split between Modesto and Everett. A true sidearm reliever and polished college arm with excellent command and a truly funky delivery angle, Hoffman should advance quickly through the O’s less-robust system and could even see a late-season call-up if he’s able to arrive in Double-A and replicate his performance at the low minors. Good for him, bad for us.”
I don’t think the current players are in a race to promote prospects that will take their jobs. I could see expanded playoffs being negotiated for a salary floor and that’s it. Maybe an NL DH, but that would create more jobs and “hurt” the owners in the NL.
Best case scenario for us is that they keep the service time rules the way they are. Institute a NL DH and an international draft, and expand the playoffs.