3 Dodgers Players Who Have a Make-or-Break Season Ahead in 2020

Mike Esposito
The 2020 MLB season could be a make-or-break year for several Los Angeles Dodgers players, including David Price.
The 2020 MLB season could be a make-or-break year for several Los Angeles Dodgers players, including David Price. / Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Sporting a collection of elite talent at nearly every position on the diamond, the Los Angeles Dodgers enter the 2020 MLB season as both the class of the National League and World Series favorites. However, if the club wants to make the Fall Classic for the third time in four years, they'll need strong performances from a few players that will undoubtedly have make-or-break seasons ahead of them in 2020.

With that in mind, here are three Dodgers players who are in for make-or-break seasons in 2020.

3. Enrique Hernandez

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A long-time fixture in the Dodgers' clubhouse, Enrique Hernandez made a home for himself in L.A. thanks to his defensive versatility. However, based on the state of the Dodgers' current roster, it's safe to say that this will be a do-or-die year for him. Primarily a second baseman, Hernandez has been relegated to a reserve role now that top prospect Gavin Lux is ready for the big time. And with jack-of-all-trades Chris Taylor slated to be the club's primary utility man, Hernandez may struggle to find playing time this season. A strong start to the year will be key to how much playing time Hernandez will earn this season, but if he fails to carve out a role for himself, he could be looking for a new home when he hits free agency at the end of the year.

2. A.J. Pollock

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After slashing .288/.348/.537 with 13 homers and 33 RBI in the second half last season, A.J. Pollock has proven that he's more than capable of high-level production in the Dodgers' dynamic lineup. Staying in that lineup, however, will be key if Pollock wants to remain in Los Angeles for the remainder of his contract. The 32-year-old outfielder has been consistently hampered by injuries over the past five years and hasn't played more than 113 games in a season since 2015. A healthy productive season in 2020 will be key for Pollock to get his career back on track. However, with plenty of outfield options already on the roster, the Dodgers could deem Pollock expendable if he ends up on the injured list again and either trade him or let him walk in the offseason.

1. David Price

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A two-time Cy Young Award winner, David Price was once one of baseball's most dominant pitchers. Unfortunately, those days are now long gone and with an albatross of a contract, a lot will be on the line for the former Vanderbilt standout. The 34-year-old southpaw had a year to forget before being traded to L.A., finishing the 2019 season with a 4.28 ERA — the worst mark he's posted since his 2009 rookie season (4.42). The Dodgers are on the hook for $16 million of Price's $32 million salary this season, and if he rebounds with a strong 2020 campaign he should have a home in L.A. for at least another year. However, if he continues to regress, he may not be wearing Dodger blue once the 2021 season rolls around.

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