KEY POINTS

  • Betts could finish current MLB season without playing single game for Dodgers
  • Betts' free agent value likely to diminish
  • Betts' best bet is to stay with Dodgers until next season

When the Los Angeles Dodgers took in Mookie Bets, the goal was to try and win it all this MLB season. But all that was before the coronavirus got out of hand. Now, there is a chance that the whole season could be canceled or shortened, possibly squandering the big money invested in the 27-year-old right fielder.

Betts was signed to a one-year deal, meaning there is no guarantee that he would return or the Dodgers next MLB season. Making matters worse for Los Angeles is that the players' union and the league office agreed that players in the last year of arbitration can become free agents next season, the New York Post reported. If the season is canceled, Betts would walk after being credited a full season without playing a single game for the Dodgers.

However, the free agency value of Betts could also take a hit. With the loss of revenue from broadcasting rights and ticket sales, MLB teams will be reluctant to offer big money to players. That covers all upcoming free agents who were hoping to land lucrative deals next MLB offseason.

In the case of Betts, it may be best he listens to what the Dodgers have to offer. Los Angeles could still tender him a one-year qualifying offer roughly in the range of $18 million. Also, it would be best to note that the Dodgers made it clear that they wanted to discuss a long term package with the four-time MLB All-Star, Yahoo Sports reported.

Canceling the 2020-21 MLB season is the worst-case scenario right now. But league officials are trying to find other ways - one of which is to play a shortened season. If the latter is the case, there will be plenty of adjustments to be made. That includes altering the game schedules and the postseason format. It is a situation that no one likes but a reality the whole world is facing right now.

Other sports leagues are facing the same predicament. The NBA is still clueless on how to treat the 2019-20 season while the NFL remains hopeful that the start of their season will not be altered. Until a cure for the coronavirus pandemic is found, most are strictly advised to stay in their homes.

Mookie Betts Boston Red Sox Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after striking out in the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles during the Grapefruit League spring training game at JetBlue Park at Fenway South on February 27, 2019 in Fort Myers, Florida. Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images