If baseball returns in 2020, it would seem it would without a trade deadline.
While Los Angeles Dodgers fans enjoy their Father’s Day with family and friends, MLB owners and players continue to negotiate over a potential 2020 season.
With coronavirus cases spiking throughout the country, including at major league spring training sites, it’s impossible to know what the future holds for professional baseball in America. We can only hope there is some semblance of a season, and it can happen while keeping players and ancillary employees safe and healthy.
What we can predict is that it would seem unlikely for MLB to institute a traditional trade deadline over a shortened season that could be as short as 60 games in length.
Would it really make sense to increase the movement among players between different clubhouses? It’s hard enough to contain the virus. And that’s not to mention whether teams would have any incentive to pull off a trade in a sprint of a season where everyone is in contention.
While nothing is official, let’s assume there is no trade deadline this season. What would that mean for the Dodgers roster? Should some players be relieved they won’t be headed out of Los Angeles? There are a few obvious candidates of players who could prolong their stay with the Dodgers given no trade deadline.