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?
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…