It took less than 24 hours after the conclusion of the World Series for a top front-office executive to send a resounding message about what baseball players should expect this offseason.

“Revenues are going down,” said John Mozeliak, the St. Louis Cardinals’ president of baseball operations. “So it will be most likely [that] payroll will go down.”

Mozeliak’s comments last week were the clearest sign yet of what people across the industry have suspected ever since the coronavirus threw the league’s financial landscape into a state of unprecedented turmoil. Owners are earning less money, and they will attempt to pass those losses onto their highest-paid employees—also known as the batters and pitchers on the field.


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