Dodgers with most to lose from canceled season: Alex Wood
When the Dodgers decided to bring Alex Wood back to Los Angeles this offseason, they knew there was some risk, which is why they included incentives in his contract which could bring a base value of $4 million up to as high as $10 million depending on how often he pitches.
Last season, in a Reds uniform, Wood was limited to only seven starts due to a back injury that kept him off the mound until late July. And he didn’t look particularly good in those starts, pitching to a 5.80 ERA. His fastball has lost a few MPH since peaking in the low 90s in 2017, according to Baseball Savant.
A canceled 2020 season would obviously prevent Wood from reaching any of the incentives in his contract, as he would lose all of his promised salary this season. It would also put the 29-year-old in an uncertain free agent market as teams adapt to a drastically altered economic landscape.
Would the Dodgers bring him back on a similar one-year deal for 2021? Would Wood be able to negotiate a contract as rich as $10 million in incentives? That might prove difficult. The left-hander would be best to pitch in a shortened season and show that he is ready to return to the form he displayed while starting for the Dodgers in 2017.