MLB story lines: Will the economy affect baseball?

Updated: March 30, 2009, 12:30 PM ET

Before the season started, we polled our writers on what they believed would be the biggest story lines in baseball in 2009. They came up with five consensus topics. What do you think will happen in each situation?

Abreu, Dunn, and Burrell felt the economy's pinch.

For years, baseball salaries have been on an upward climb of epic proportions. Mediocre pitchers were getting contracts of $100 million or more, middle relievers were holding out for huge offers, and even slap ...

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