MLB Rumors: Players to have full year of service time for 2020 even if season is shortened

Justin Leger
NBC Sports Boston

There's a chance Mookie Betts will never play a single game as a Los Angeles Dodger.

OK, not a strong chance, but a chance nonetheless.

That's because MLB and the MLBPA are nearing a deal that would allow players to gain a year of service time even if the 2020 season is shortened or canceled, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Betts and the rest of the 2021 free agent class would still hit the open market.

"MLB has agreed to grant a full year of service to players who remain active for the entire 2020 season regardless of how many games the schedule includes, according to sources familiar with the discussions," Rosenthal wrote.

Betts is set to headline a solid free-agent class that may also include Trevor Bauer, J.T. Realmuto, George Springer, Marcus Semien, and Marcus Stroman. The 27-year-old superstar outfielder was traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers in February.

MLB has not yet announced a date for Opening Day, but reportedly is looking to start the season in June.

MLB Rumors: Players to have full year of service time for 2020 even if season is shortened originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

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