Scrolling through the Twitter-sphere today, I found this interesting tidbit from MLB insider Ken Rosenthal, courtesy of CBS Sports’ Danny Vietti.
“I do expect, ultimately, there will be a DH in the National League in 2021 and beyond.”
— Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) January 13, 2021
In the video, Rosenthal talks about the ongoing discussions between Major League Baseball and the Player’s Union, as they attempt to hammer down a new CBA. But if we learned anything from last season, it is that these discussions rarely go smoothly. There’s a lot of back and forth, and neither side is willing to cave. That appears to be what is happening again this offseason, however, there could be a light at the end of the tunnel.
At the end of the video, Rosenthal concludes that eventually he believes the two sides will come to an agreement and there will be a DH in the National League in 2021 and beyond. That’s pretty big news considering Rob Manfred informed teams well before the new year to act as if there will not be a DH in the National League in 2021.
Perhaps that is another reason why free agency has been moving as slow as molasses in the winter. On top of all the uncertainty surrounding COVID, fans in the stands, and the upcoming CBA, teams are also unsure what the rules will be in 2021. One thing we do know, though — if there is a DH in the NL in 2021, Marcell Ozuna immediately becomes a much more coveted target for all 30 teams.