The outfield is I think going to be the crux of the offseason for the Indians. As in, whatever major moves are made will be made with improving the outfield in mind. Even if the Indians knew that Michael Brantley will play 150 games next year, the outifled would still be the area that would have the most potential for improvement. And that includes the now-vacant DH spot.
Not all players leave the game in a blaze of glory (or at least notoriety). These are the ones that simply faded away in 2016.
Some of the sticking points mentioned:
- End of direct draft pick compensation for losing top free agents (as in the signing loses a pick, while the former team gets a pick)
- MLBAM revenue (currently not directly shared with players).
- The international draft, which would mainly affect young players from the Caribbean and South America.
- Luxury tax specifics
- The current slotting system for the draft (in which teams are assigned a bonus budget for the first ten rounds).
MLB rules stipulate that a team should not have 12 times as much debt as revenue (less expenses), and the Dodgers are not in compliance with this. Although we don't really know what the financial statements of clubs look like, as they aren't public.