The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed star outfielder Mookie Betts to a 12-year contract extension that will run through the 2032 season. The club announced the deal on Wednesday that will pay Betts a total of $365 million. He’ss owed a salary of $27 million for 2020, prorated down to roughly $20 million. The new contract won’t begin until the 2021 season.
Betts’ new contract becomes the second largest in MLB history. Only Mike Trout’s 12-year, $430 million contract with the Angels is higher. Betts had been slated for free agency this coming offseason. The risk for the Dodgers was that Betts could have left as a free agent after this partial year. Thus, the club would have traded away a lot for little return. Now those concerns are a thing of the past and Betts will be a franchise cornerstone for years to come.
Betts Is Really Good
The superstar outfielder will finally make his debut Thursday when the Dodgers face the Giants at Dodger Stadium. Betts is slated to take over the Dodgers’ leadoff spot and be the everyday right fielder. He won four consecutive Gold Gloves and leads the league since 2016 with 93 defensive runs saved in right field. With the Red Sox, he won the AL MVP Award in 2018 and put up a WAR of 41.8 across parts of six seasons. He has been one of the top players in baseball in that span and is still just 27 years-old.
How To Grade The Deal
The only concern with the deal is that he will be signed for big money until he is 39 years-old. As we have seen with these mega deals, the last 3-4 years of the contract tend to become a burden for the ball club. For now, the Dodgers have Betts on their team in what should be the prime years of his career. Over the last decade, no team has come closer to winning a title without winning than the Dodgers. Ultimately, Betts’ deal will be defined by whether or not he can help bring that long eluded title to Los Angeles.