While we think about if a season happens or not.I started thinking about the opt out clauses by players, and what they will do.I tried to do the research, but did not find much to get exact numbers, but believe most players will typically opt out of deals.So many over the past decade would sign the big seven plus year deal with a three or four year opt out.Many would opt out giving up money betting on fact they can earn more over that same period or at least get deeper into thirties and secure money.
However, with so many questions of what future looks for not just this season but seasons to come for full ballparks.This will vastly affect the budgets for teams and how much they will pay players.If games need to be played at 0 or half capacity, that will cut what teams earn.Teams never expected something like this so it was not planned into future budgets.So how will that affect teams on what they will be willing to pay?I bet at least for next year or two much less long term deals and much less money attached.
What that means is I expect the three players with opt out clause will opt in, or I would advise them too.Stanton, Martinez, and Castillanos all have options to opt out.Castillanos is and odd one as he signed a long term deal with a quick opt out, so not much historical data on how that would come out in normal year, and it would most likely depend on how his season went.
Lets assume he does well, if a season is played.I would still argue he should stay with contract.He would have three years and 42 million left.I doubt any team would be willing to take on that much risk at this time if there is a chance states will not allow parks to get filled.
Martinez had opted in last year and I bet he would have chose to stay with current contract, as last time he was FA Boston was only team really bidding.
Stanton he would be the real question.He signed a huge deal that had he performed at his normal level he would opt out in a heart beat and sign an even bigger deal, but he has been injured a lot.Also, he has seven years and 214 million left.I strongly doubt he would get a 7 year 214 million deal next off-season.
Similarly, I wonder how many teams will give qualifying offer and how many players would take it.For years players turned them down, until recently.I think very few teams will extend one and just hope to sign player, and I think if extended many players would take them.As stated I doubt few long term deals will be reached when projected budgets will be hard to factor in.Along same lines not many other teams will be willing to give up draft capital if the draft gets limited again to 5 or 10 rounds as has been discussed.
Overall, I expect some interesting decisions for players and teams when it comes to long term deals over the next season or two.