Bernie on the Scene: NL Fantasy Roster Expansion

Bernie on the Scene: NL Fantasy Roster Expansion

This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.

LEADING OFF

One of the most impactful decisions made last week in MLB's negotiations with the players to open the 2020 season regards the use of the designated hitter in National League lineups.

If the season does begin, a universal designated hitter will be in place for this season. If the concept is to become permanent, it must be collectively bargained in the new basic agreement.

This is tremendous news for fantasy team owners. It's like a massive roster expansion that should help bring down prices in auctions. Simply put, more hitters will be available on National League teams — 15 more per game if a full slate of National League games are scheduled.

Rosters will expand with the availability of a taxi squad. I have selected a potential left-handed DH which I list first, followed by a potential right-handed DH. There are others on each team, but this is a general idea.

Here are my projections of the players who could see time at DH for each club:

Arizona - Jake Lamb, Tim Locastro

Atlanta - Nick Markakis, Adam Duvall

Chicago - Kyle Schwarber, Steven Souza (Schwarber no longer plays defense)

Cincinnati - Jesse Winker, Aristides Aquino^

Colorado - Raimel Tapia, Ian Desmond.

Los Angeles - Matt Beaty, Chris Taylor#

Miami - Matt Joyce, Garrett Cooper

Milwaukee - Brock Holt, Ryan Braun

New York - Dominic Smith, Eduardo Nunez%

Philadelphia - Jay Bruce, Neil Walker

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Bernie Pleskoff
Bernie Pleskoff is a former professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.
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