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Morning Mound Visit: Expansion isn’t coming any time soon

Expansion remains on hold; the Mets upended the NL East; the benefits of deferred payments

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Ken Rosenthal | The Athletic $: MLB hasn’t expanded since 1998, and it doesn’t look like it will any time soon. Expansion would be a way for teams to recoup the extra money they didn’t make losses they suffered in 2020, but owners are apparently reluctant to further split the pie long-term. Plus, there’s still the question of whether the Rays or the A’s will remain in their respective homes.

Dan Szymborski | FanGraphs: With one trade, the Mets went from longshots to win the NL East to having roughly a coin flip’s chance of taking the division crown. Adding Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco to their roster has upended their division and had ripple effects through the rest of the majors.

Rob Mains | Baseball Prospectus $: What happens to a payment deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin subjected to inflation? Or are deferred payments actually helpful for players so they can avoid the “jock tax?”