Whether or not we get baseball this summer, there’s one thing we know for sure — the Cleveland Indians are about to take a massive financial hit.
Obviously that’s not exclusive to just them, as this spans across the entire league. Should MLB proceed with its plan to host the season in Arizona sans fans, no revenue will be generated from ticket sales or in-stadium purchases. Should there be no season at all…well, I’m not sure it needs to be explained why that’d result in losses.
Either way, some difficult decisions are on Cleveland’s horizon, and they’ll be present even if we have baseball this summer.
Sure, there’s the obvious task of determining what to do with Francisco Lindor as he approaches his last year of team control. That said, as Zack Meisel of The Athletic noted earlier this week, there’s another player who may be impacted by revenue decreases.
Carlos Santana has one year remaining on his contract after this season, a $17.5 million club option. Under normal circumstances, one would think Cleveland picks it up, especially considering how well he’s performed during his nine years in an Indians uniform.
Now, with significant losses all but guaranteed, said scenario is one Meisel no longer sees as a sure thing.