Blake Treinen, Alex Wood, and Jimmy Nelson
These three players are grouped together because they represent one-year deals that could turn into zero-year deals if the 2020 season is canceled. Only Alex Wood has actually pitched for the Dodgers, before spending one season in Cincinnati with the Reds.
Jimmy Nelson signed with the Dodgers under terms that already seem to half-expect him not to make the team. He missed the entire 2018 season due to shoulder surgery, and was hampered again with injuries in 2019. The right-handed reliever suffered an early injury in Dodgers camp and was shutdown due to groin discomfort. His 2020 contract is filled with incentives for him to remain healthy. But don’t be surprised if he doesn’t stick around long, no matter what happens with the season.
Blake Treinen signed a one-year $10 million “bounce-back candidate” contract over the offseason. After an unbelievable season in 2018 for the Oakland Athletics when he received a few MVP votes for his performance on the mound, he struggled mightily in 2019. The Dodgers are hoping the 31-year-old can at least return to the form he was between 2015-2017 when he was a reliable bullpen arm. A canceled 2020 season could change the market forces that fetched Treinen a lucrative one-year deal despite his poor performance in 2019.
Dodgers fans know Alex Wood. After losing Hyun-Jin Ryu and Rich Hill to free agency, and Kenta Maeda being sent to Minnesota in a trade, Andrew Friedman decided to bring back Wood to restock the rotation. Plagued by injuries throughout his career, and particularly in 2019, the left-hander is hoping for a resurrection in Chavez Ravine. It would be unfortunate if his chance with the Dodgers is cut short because of a canceled season ultimately changing the roster dynamics down the road.