Cubs free agent Jason Kipnis slams slow pace of MLB offseason

Tim Stebbins
·2 min read

Jason Kipnis slams slow pace of MLB offseason originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

We’re in the midst of another hot cold stove season, and Cubs free agent second baseman Jason Kipnis sounded off on MLB’s lack of offseason activity.

“A week late but I’d like to thank the Padres for that small bit of excitement! Refreshing to see!” Kipnis tweeted on Tuesday. “MLB offseason have become the worst in terms of action and keeping fans excited..Also..when the hell are we starting this year? Feb? March? It’d be nice to let us know maybe... @MLB”

San Diego made a splash last week by acquiring starting pitchers Blake Snell and Yu Darvish in trades with the Rays and Cubs. Outside of those moves, the offseason has moved at a glacial pace, continuing a trend from the past few years. 

Of NBC Sports Chicago’s top 40 free agents, 33 remain on the open market. And of the seven that have inked deals, two accepted qualifying offers in Marcus Stroman (Mets) and Kevin Gausman (Giants).

This offseason obviously is different than those of recent memory due to COVID-19. There’s uncertainty around what the 2021 season will look like, including fan attendance (and therefore revenues), when Opening Day will be, length of schedule and even rules — such as whether there will be a universal DH.

The league is planning to start spring training on time next month, though that could obviously change based on the state of the pandemic.

But as things currently stand, we're a month from spring training starting and in the midst of an offseason that has moved just as slow, if not slower, than the last couple.

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