4) Mookie Betts
Mookie Betts is an interesting player to think about in terms of being “untouchable” in 2020. Obviously, the Dodgers gave up a lot to get him in Alex Verdugo and two prospects. They are hoping they didn’t trade him for nothing. He could bolt in free agency, whether the 2020 season is played, or not.
But assuming baseball is played, it’s impossible to imagine the Dodgers trading away the MVP outfielder they are hoping can lead them to a championship and lock up long-term after the season.
Normally, a star player on an expiring contract becomes a candidate for a trade if it becomes clear he isn’t a guarantee to re-sign with his host team. As the Red Sox were thinking this past offseason, it’s better to get something for him than to watch him walk away for nothing.
That said, the Dodgers are expected to be competitive in whatever format the 2020 season brings. Even if it becomes clear that Betts doesn’t want to stay in Los Angeles long-term, his services for the current season are still too valuable to trade in a deal aimed at recouping assets.