Dodgers with most to lose from canceled season: Mookie Betts
While you could argue the Dodgers organization has the most on the line in seeing Mookie Betts play this season, Betts, himself, has a lot to lose as well.
Andrew Friedman orchestrated a trade to forfeit a young outfielder in Alex Verdugo, along with two prospects (Jeter Downs and Connor Wong) to secure Betts before he hits free agency next offseason. If the season is canceled, the team would have essentially traded a package of young assets for nothing, other than David Price, who could provide some value in the rotation and based on his recent gift to minor leaguers isn’t nothing.
However, even Betts has a strong incentive to see baseball return this summer. He recently signed a record-breaking arbitration amount of $27 million, which could evaporate without a season. He also risks losing over $150 million on a potential long-term deal in the offseason. It’s impossible to predict what the market will look like after the impact to revenues from a lost season, but one can assume it won’t be pretty.
If the 2020 season is canceled, baseball fans outside of Los Angeles will use the opportunity to mock the Dodgers for trading for a player who potentially never plays for them. But Mookie Betts has a lot at stake too.