Financial issues could force clubs like the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to non-tender arbitration-eligible players after the 2020 season.
If the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the rest of Major League Baseball find a way to have a season in 2020, it will be because both the owners and the players make financial concessions to allow for games to resume. Regardless of any agreement, the battle over finances and player salary will likely extend into the offseason and additional casualties could result.
Before any agreement has been hashed out, we’ve already seen payrolls being slashed by multiple clubs, including the Angels. This has extended from front office employees to minor league players, as teams try to trim payrolls in the wake of the Coronavirus delay and the likelihood of games without fans when the season does resume. It also includes players at the MLB level, where they have already accepted cuts due to the cancellation of Spring Training and the first few months of the 2020 season, and owners are attempting to get players to agree to further cuts due to the loss of fans.
But could it go even further?
As noted by Buster Olney of ESPN, team owners could look to arbitration-eligible players and make additional cuts by non-tendering players in the offseason. This could be especially true to those players with questionable performance and who are in the final few seasons of arbitration-eligibility.
With that in mind, we are opting to take a look at those players that are currently in the arbitration process and could be potential non-tender candidates by the Angels. Of the 11 players that the Angels currently have slated for arbitration next winter, there are a pair of pitchers that fit the mold. However, their fates may be intertwined.