Pitchers are some of the more valuable assets on the MLB free agent market. Year after year, massive deals are handed out to free agent hurler, even those not classified as an "ace", simply because they are dependable. Much of the basis for paying a pitcher depends on the success of the previous season, with recency bias often influencing front office decisions.

That is why the agreement from the MLB and the MLBPA to count the 2020 season towards service time could be a dangerous proposition for upcoming free agents like the New York Yankees' James Paxton. Paxton, while being a top starter with a no-hitter on his resume, has injury history. Should he pick up an ailment that leaves him out for an extended period during a rushed season, it could cost him during contract negotiations.