Mookie Betts Signs 12-Year Extension with the Los Angeles Dodgers
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According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Los Angeles Dodgers and four-time All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts have agreed to a 12-year contract extension worth $365 million with a record $65 million signing bonus. This contract surpasses eight-time All-Star Mike Trout’s previous record of $360 million.
Betts, 27, is well-deserving of this megadeal as he has put up consistent numbers in his 6-year MLB career. For his career so far, he has an on-base percentage of .374 and slugging average of .519. He also has won the Silver Slugger award three times, the Gold Glove award four times, and won the AL MVP and the World Series with his previous team Boston Red Sox in 2018. In the past three seasons with Boston, Betts boasted 262 RBIs, 85 HRs, and a batting average of .301. Betts is one of the most consistent hitters in the MLB and his continued growth at the plate and in the outfield has paid off well.
The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Mookie Betts along with pitcher David Price on February 10th, 2020 in a trade with the Boston in exchange for outfielder Alex Verdugo, minor league infielder Jeter Downs, and minor league catcher David Wong. Adding Betts to this star-studded and incredibly deep roster made the Dodgers even more of a dangerous team to play, and boosted their odds of winning the World Series, making them one of the more favored picks to win it all. Betts joins a powerful and young outfield with Joc Pederson and AJ Pollock in left field =, and two-time All-Star and 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger in center.
The Dodgers are set to play the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day, July 23rd, 2020 at 10:08pm to begin their regular season and title hunt.