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Mookie Betts may never suit up for the Dodgers

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Happy Jackie Robinson Day!

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There is still time for the 2020 season to take place. The Dodgers could also just re-sign him. However, there is the possibility Mookie Betts never plays an actual game for the Dodgers. What would that mean for the team?

Tim Dierkes of MLBTradeRumors wrote a great piece explaining the situation the Dodgers currently find themselves in.

The Dodgers, meanwhile, would find themselves without Betts, Verdugo, or Joc Pederson for the 2021 season (unless they re-sign Pederson as a free agent). They’d lose a crucial year of control of Cody Bellinger, who would likely settle back in as the regular right fielder. That would leave A.J. Pollock as the regular center fielder. The Dodgers would have an even bigger question mark in left, where Pederson, Verdugo, and Pollock combined to take more than half of the innings in 2019. Chris Taylor and Matt Beaty would be the main in-house candidates, so the Dodgers would likely have to make an outfield acquisition.

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A Zoom chat will be held with outfielder Mookie Betts and manager Dave Roberts, hosted by broadcaster Joe Davis, to discuss Jackie Robinson’s legacy and continued impact on today’s game. The chat will be shared Wednesday evening on Dodgers social media.

  • Major shoutout to Tommy Lasorda and his wife for being married 70 years! That’s incredible
  • A lot can still happen, but it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing games at Dodger Stadium anytime soon.