April 17, 2021

MLB superstar trades, sign-stealing punishment and more — Passan answers 20 questions for 2020 (ESPN)


A new year means endless new questions for Major League Baseball, a sport in the midst of its most engaging free-agency period in a half-decade, nearing the punishment phase of an ugly scandal, grappling with deep-seated economic questions, ever considering the quality of its on-the-field product and prepared to overhaul its minor league system.

It’s tough to imagine a better time for 20 Questions than the beginning of 2020.

So, what’s going to be the biggest story this year?

It’s not what. It’s who. The plotlines surrounding Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts are delicious and could span the entire calendar.

This week, arbitration-eligible players and teams will parry and jostle and try to settle on salaries for the 2020 season — and Betts should smash the record for a pre-free-agency player. Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado set a final-year arbitration mark at $26 million last year. Betts made $20 million last year and would have a good case for a $30 million-plus salary if he and the team don’t settle by the exchange date…

Read “MLB superstar trades, sign-stealing punishment and more — Passan answers 20 questions for 2020” at ESPN