Dodgers: Predicting which free agents return in 2021

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Predicting 2021 Dodgers Free Agents: Mookie Betts

Prediction: Re-signs one-year bridge deal

Save the best for last. With everything going on in the game of baseball, it’s hard to believe there will be a large line of owners willing to pay Mookie Betts over $400 million next winter, as he was originally hoping to command.

It will take some time for revenues to return to normal after the coronavirus pandemic, so it might be wise for Betts to sign a one-year bridge deal that pays him a high annual value while giving him another chance to sign a mega, long-term contract in 2022.

Baseball insiders believe the pandemic could have cost Betts up to $150 million in free agency this winter. It doesn’t make sense for him to sign a long-term deal if the market is completely out of whack. And rather than searching for a new team on a one-year contract, it seems plausible the former American League MVP stays with the Dodgers, and sees where things stand in 2022.

Dodgers fans are hoping he decides to stay, too.