The DH is always a possibility until the season starts -- and same with expanded playoffs. Rules have changed at the last minute before. There has not been much movement on these things, and there have been reports of no conversations happening. Shildt got curious enough that he reached out to people he trusted, people who should be in the know, and he described to us Sunday how there was no "smoke" about a universal DH.
National League teams are approaching the season this way:
-- As if there won't be a DH, and they'll be surprised if there.
-- As if players like Justin Williams don't have the option year, so they expect to put him on the roster.
It feels odd -- I get it -- that baseball hasn't given teams these answers yet. But it's not all that unusual. The new catcher and second base rules were introduced in the midst of spring training. Go back more than two decades ago and the wild card notion was launched while spring training was going on, too. Baseball -- needs a deadline to get action.