There appears to be one factor yet to come to full view this year in baseball. What will become of the 2020 trade deadline? With 16 teams in the new playoff platform it can be believed the deadline will be a shell of its former self. Don't expect to see the level of players like Verlander, Cole and Betts to be available this year.
How will a team like the Yankees, who have seen a rough stretch for their rotation this past week and an offense in a slump when runners are in scoring position, attack the deadline? Brian Cashman has had ups and downs bringing in talent to the organization but has shown to a general manager that even when he seems gun shy will always be on the phone to try and make a deal.
Another reality for this year is the aforementioned playoff platform, How will teams on the cusp react to the phones ringing from other GM's? And will teams already committed to rebuilding and using the 60 game season to more or less evaluate progress with their players entertain those calls?
For Brian Cashman, he has his work cut out for him navigating an already unusual season. The pressure from the fans and the eyes of other teams will be locked in to see how he will execute his moves. It will be interesting to see for sure. And lets not forget the other obstacle down the road being free agency but those questions will have to approached another time.