LAD/Mookie closing in on extension

By: coachemup! 

Jorge Castillo



I can confirm that the #Dodgers and Mookie Betts are closing in on a contract extension, per source, as first reported by @LouMerloni

Mookie Betts and the Dodgers are working on a long-term contract extension that would keep the talented outfielder in Los Angeles for 10 or more years at a total cost of $350-400 million. The terms were reported Wednesday morning by Boston radio station WEEI.

Betts still hasn’t played a regular season game since he was traded by the Red Sox for Alex Verdugo and prospects Jeter Downs and Connor Wong in February. The novel coronavirus pandemic postponed spring training in March. Baseball’s new Opening Day is Thursday.

While baseball paused, the Dodgers were ostensibly working to secure Betts’ services beyond this year. He is due to become a free agent at the end of the season.

Angels outfielder Mike Trout signed the largest contract in baseball history in March 2019. He’ll make $426.5 million over the next 12 years and cannot be traded without his permission. Trout was 27 at the time the deal was signed.

Betts, who turns 28 in October, might be second only to Trout among the best players in the game. In 2019, he batted .295 with 29 home runs and 80 RBIs for the Red Sox. That was considered a “down year” in comparison to his MVP campaign of 2018: a .346 average, 32 home runs, 80 RBIs and a career-high 30 stolen bases.

In Los Angeles, Betts is poised to join the reigning National League MVP, Cody Bellinger, to form an incomparable outfield duo. Bellinger has been deployed in center field and Betts in right field in exhibition games this year.

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