If -- there's that word again -- there exists a 2020 baseball season, the stakes will be higher for some than others. That would be true in any season, and it will be this year, too.
Here's a look at the five Red Sox players with the most on the line should the season be salvaged:
1. Jackie Bradley Jr.
Bradley is scheduled to be a free agent this winter and, as such, could use a strong offensive season to bolster his worth on the open market.
There are no issues with his defense, of course, which metrics aside, remains elite. But Bradley needs to show that he can be a consistent run producer so that he can market himself as a complete player. To accomplish that, he'll need to avoid the streakiness that has been associated with his game for most of his career.
If Bradley -- in a shortened season -- can avoid the lengthy funks at the plate and improve at least somewhat against lefthanded pitching (career OPS: .669), he'll do OK as a free agent. If not, he'll be seen as a defense-first, platoon player who will be lucky to get the kind of short-term deal that new teammate Kevin Pillar ($4.25 million for 2020) signed in February.