Mookie Betts Finalizing Extension With Dodgers
Welp, this sucks. My perfect plan has been ruined. After years of saying how Mookie Betts planned to test free agency no matter what, he changed his mind. Apparently, the Dodgers made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Betts is finalizing an extension with Los Angeles.
Lou Merloni of WEEI and NBC Sports Boston was first to report the news:
Betts, 27, was traded to the Dodgers this offseason. Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs, Connor Wong, and taking on David Price’s contract was the cost of acquiring Betts. Andrew Friedman is now giving that up for a player he’s keeping long term. If you’re going to give up all that for Betts, locking him down long term was the only play.
Betts’ new contract will put him in rare company. He will now join a list of 5 players who have ever earned a contract of $300 million or more. He now joins Manny Machado, Giancarlo Stanton, Bryce Harper, Gerrit Cole, and Mike Trout. The Nashville native got paid. I’m just mad that he literally said he would test free agency no matter what but has now changed his mind.
Betts is obviously one of the best players in the sport. The 2018 MVP capped off that season with a World Series ring and hit .295/.391/.524 a season ago. The Dodgers won 106 games last year and just added Betts. The Dodgers are one of the favorites to win it all in 2020. The Dodgers had a ton of star power already with Walker Buehler and Cody Bellinger. Now Betts stays long term.