Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Realignment is probably going to happen, and it's probably going to be the Astros who realign

CBS Sports' Danny Knobler (who really needs to update that profile picture) is reporting that realignment is probably going to happen.

In separate Tuesday sessions with the Baseball Writers Association of America, both commissioner Bud Selig and players union head Michael Weiner expressed an openness to a 15-15 plan, with Weiner saying that players have favored it for a decade or more. The players and owners have been discussing realignment, along with schedule and playoff reform, as part of negotiations for the new basic agreement.

What won't happen: A "massive realignment," Knobler reports (meaning the "No Divisions" plan), but someone is moving leagues. Also, a unified DH rule.

The timetable is more likely that this will happen in 2013, though Knobler writes that 2012 isn't out of the question. So if it happens in 2013, that's just in time for Carlos Lee to be off the team. I bet Jason Michaels is still on the team, and will fill that DH role...