I posted something similar on the History of the Game forum, but didn't get much on it.
I'm writing an Alternate History book on the 1994 strike/lockout not happening, and I'm wondering what happens if they win the 1994 pennant and that's it. With 2 playoff appearances in 3 years, they don't lose all their free agents, but they still lose a number of players due to the poor economic realities.
So, they seem like they'd still be middling along a bit below .500. And, what happens then? Was there anyone else besides Loria who would buy them?
It still seems like they'd have problems, maybe even if Loria somehow buys the Marlins right away instead of the Expos first. With Loria, I look at what happened OTL (our timeline) with guys like Charlie Finley, and I wonder.
Input would be appreciated as I figure out the early 2000s. (There's also an attack on steroids a decade early, baseball's way to drive down player salaries instead of the lockout, with other ramifications.)