Well that's why I said to pick up his option, I just don't want him extended beyond his current contract unless the team returns to the playoffs in 2021. A big part of the issue this year was the decision to try to make another run with largely the same roster, but with their age a rebuild was coming.

COTS has the Nats at seventh in the MLB in payroll, I misremembered, thinking that they were in the top five. I think that I had assumed that the team was going to add payroll during spring training, but then Covid hit.