Mookie Betts became one of the richest athletes by signing a mega deal with the Dodgers. Star outfielder Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed on a 12-year, $365 million extension that keeps the former American League MVP from reaching free agency this winter. When you combine the one-year, $27 million contract he’s currently playing out, Betts’ total comes to 13 years and $392 million. The deal tops the previous extension record of $360 million signed by Mike Trout and includes a record $65 million signing bonus. The Dodgers acquired the 27-year-old Betts from the Boston Red Sox in a blockbuster trade over the winter, giving up outfielder Alex Verdugo and shortstop prospect Jeter Downs with a guarantee of only one year — and the hope that Betts would consider re-signing before hitting the open market.
Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Betts was expected to receive a deal worth at least $300 million, but there was speculation that the game’s unclear financial future would muddy Betts’ windfall. However, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said an extension was always top of mind. This is huge news as baseball finally has its opening day in a few hours. David Price was part of the Betts deal to the Dodgers, but he’s chosen to opt out of playing. With this 60-game season, the Dodgers is the favorite to head back to the World Series.
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