With uncertainty surrounding the 2020 season, it’s possible a few Angels players have already played their final game in Anaheim.
While everyone is holding out hope that a season will be played in 2020, as the novel coronavirus continues to make its impact felt throughout the country, it is impossible to feel confident.
In the event a season is canceled, a recent agreement between Major League Baseball and the Players Association will grant 2020 service time to players based on their 2019 playing time. In other words, players on the cusp of free agency could become free agents for the 2021 season without having played a single game in 2020.
The continuation of service time in a canceled season impacts the Angels in three ways: first, it means all of their team-controlled players have the potential to reach arbitration and free agency one year sooner as they continue to gain service time; second, it ticks off one year on existing veteran contracts, such as Anthony Rendon; and third, any player due to become a free agent in 2021 could be lost to the open market.
This article focuses on the players who might have played their final game in Anahem without realizing it. There are also a few players whose Angels debuts might be missed all together.