MLB Rumors: Dodgers Mookie Betts to Reportedly Sign $350-$400 Million Contract; Forego Free Agency

Dodger fans have waited a long time to see which player their team would shell out a big, long-term contract for, and a report from a credible NBC Boston baseball analyst says that the player may be Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts.

Lou Merloni of NBC Sports Boston tweeted this morning that the deal may come to fruition in the next couple of days, and would be for 10-plus years in a range in between $350 and $400 million:

Three weeks ago a regular season was just speculation, and many fans wondered if the Dodgers had traded away top prospect and outfielder Alex Verdugo to the Boston Red Sox for nothing since Betts is scheduled to be a free agent at the close of what should have been the 2020 season with or without baseball to be played. Pitcher David Price, traded to the Dodgers alongside Betts, also announced that he would be sitting out the 2020 season to protect his family’s health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Betts, 27, hit .295/.391/.524 with 29 home runs, 80 RBIs, stole 16 out of 19 bases and scored a career-high 135 runs in 150 games in Boston.

His 162-game average totals out to a .301/.374/.519 line with 28 home runs, 96 RBIs, 125 runs scored and 26 stolen bases across his six seasons in Boston.

In Spring Training he hit just .238/.261/.286 with an RBI, stolen base and two runs scored in 21 at-bats across eight games.

In two exhibition games against the Diamondbacks earlier this week, he went 3-for-6 with a home run, RBI, three runs scored and a walk. He did not play in Tuesday night’s exhibition contest against the Angels.

The deal to get Betts also included shortstop Jeter Downs, another of the team’s top prospects, and catcher Connor Wong, also getting the Red Sox to take on a chunk of Price’s contract.

Betts is slated to be the Opening Day starter in right field, atop the Dodgers’ lineup in Thursday’s contest against the Giants and Johnny Cueto.

With the aforementioned pandemic going on, it was questioned if the free agency market would be impacted by the hit of the economy. If this rumor is true, Betts clearly will not be affected.

Other names slated to hit free agency include: Justin Turner, Joc Pederson, Blake Treinen of the Dodgers, and names such as J.T. Realmuto of the Phillies, George Springer of the Astros and Corey Kluber of the Rangers.

Could we see more extensions get signed ahead of free agency?

The thing about Betts is that he has a very calm demeanor, and likes to focus on what he’s doing. In his introductory press conference with the Dodgers, he said he wanted to focus on where he was living before even thinking about signing an extension with his new team.

It appears that he’s found a place to live.

If for any reason there are any doubters, the type of player you are getting in Betts off the field is just as dynamic as the one you see on the field. In May he bought everybody’s groceries in Tennessee.

Also, in case you didn’t know, he has shot a perfect 300 game (12 strikes in a row) in a professional bowling event before.

Perfect on the field, off the field and on the bowling lanes too.

This article was originally published on July 22, 2020 at

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