Just to give you the timeline - the Player Teles came out at the end of June 2018, and they had the bent steel saddles. I bought one in that red color (Sonic Red) at GC's July 4th sale. Was talking about it on here and several of us who bought them early found the saddle issue. Fender was aware of this by end July 2018, and their remedy was to switch to the cast saddles that were used on the previous MIM Standard Teles since the bridge plate is the same, they just wanted to put the bent steel saddles on them to make the Players more like the previous American Standard Teles (2008-2016 models). However, the American Standards have the holes in the bridge and body drilled in a slightly different spot so that Strat-type saddles work on it (note that American Professionals still have that American Standard string position even though they have gone back to the 3 brass saddle design). But on the MIM bridge the saddles cover the holes in the bridge plate (and in the body). So by changing back to the longer cast saddles the holes in the bridge plate were no longer covered. But evidently some Teles were so far out of spec that even with changing the saddles the holes would still be covered. My particular Tele was one of these, so the entire guitar was replaced instead of just replacing the bridge or the bridge saddles.