Prior to he at any time performed a authentic sport for the group, the Dodgers secured star outfielder Mookie Betts to a 12-calendar year, $365 million extension. Pink Sox chairman Tom Werner, who failed to get to a offer with the 27-yr-aged, isn’t sweating it.
“It’s generally difficult to trade a talented participant of Mookie’s caliber, but let us revisit this discussion in 12 years,” Werner mentioned on WEEI Radio, “Hopefully you [the hosts] and I will both even now be right here. Which is a quite, incredibly long-expression deal for a staff to swallow. You fellas know as properly as I do that the historical past of extended-time period offers is checkered at greatest. We created what we considered was a generous provide but for us it’s time to switch the web page.”
The Crimson Sox reportedly attempted to prolong Betts on at minimum a few independent situations, with the previous offer you exceeding $300 million, in accordance to MassLive.com. Betts countered with $420 million, according to the report.
The coronavirus pandemic, exclusively its economic ramifications, likely adjusted his needs in Los Angeles.
Following failing to achieve a deal, Boston shipped Betts along with lefty David Selling price to the Dodgers as element of a five-participant deal. Both players were integral in the team’s 2018 Earth Series title.
Boston landed Alex Verdugo and two prospective buyers in the deal.
“We tried out, on a selection of events, to make a offer with Mookie,” Werner mentioned. “It was his wish to check totally free company. Our previous offer, I believe all people is familiar with the number. It was a significant quantity.”
With just one yr still left on his deal, the Dodgers risked the probability that Betts may participate in just one time with the staff in advance of coming into no cost company. Betts now most likely will never hit the open up market place, however.
The Dodgers have stayed atop the NL West for seven straight years, but have notoriously appear up small in Oct. Now, they hope the pairing of Betts and star outfielder Cody Bellinger will help take them in excess of the hump.
Betts is just 2 for 12 (.182) in his initially two games, but the Dodgers are however off to a 2- get started.