Mookie Betts how will he fair with the Los Angeles Dodgers?
This legend is a one of a kind player. In fact he is the only player in MLB history to win the MVP award, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, the batting title and World Series, in the same season! After making his MLB debut during the 2014 season, his time with the Boston Red Sox has come to an end. Mookie Betts how will he fair with the Los Angeles Dodgers?
On February 10th of this year, the Boston Red Sox traded Mookie Betts, David Price, and a cash bonus to the LA Dodgers. In return, the Red Sox received Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs, and Connor Wong. Unfortunately MLB’s opening day has been postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.
After the 2017 season, the Red Sox offered Mookie an eight-year $200 million deal. In search of being paid more, he turned this offer down. So how large is his current contract? Last week we wrote about Mike Trout’s massive $430 million contract, which comes out to Thirty-six million dollars a year.
While not as large, Mookie signed a one year $27 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. This is a $7 million increase from the $20 million he earned in the 2019 season. He’ll most likely be seeking for a contract within the $400 million range after this season. Though, it’s still up in the air as to whether the league will call this season off, or push for a late spring or early summer start date.
How did he do during this years spring training? Mookie Betts brought along a new wave of energy into the Dodgers Clubhouse.
“It was definitely surprising to a lot of people. You don’t see a guy coming into a clubhouse, not knowing too many guys, get up, and basically challenge the whole team to be accountable. That was something pretty special.” Dodgers Justin Turner said.
Betts is young, (twenty seven years young), healthy, and hungry! Mookie is looking for another World Series title. It was only two years ago Betts and the Red Sox beat the Dodgers in the World Series. Now he’s betting on helping the Dodgers win one.
During spring training Mookie was treating every ground ball, fly ball, hit and more like it was a World Series game. Mookie apparently ran a message by his teammate David Price, essentially asking for his approval on lecturing his new Dodgers teammates. He isn’t the type of guy to shy down, he’ll speak up and say whats on his mind.
A.J. Pollock said, “I mean, it’s easy to come to spring training and glide in here, but he said we need to treat everything like its Game 7 of the World Series, so when we get to the World Series, it’s going to feel just like it’s another day at the office.’’
Mookie wants to bring the title back to Los Angeles. “Hopefully this is a season that will be remembered forever in LA,’’ Betts said. “It’s time.’’
With the current suspension of all US Sports leagues, the Dodgers risk losing Mookie Betts to free agency without him playing a single game. Since he only signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers, he’ll become a free agent in 2021.
Its unlikely the league will call off the entire 2020 season. This past Thursday on March 27th the MLB and the MLB Players Association made a deal on salary and service time issues. The union has agreed not to go after the MLB for full salaries if the 2020 season never takes place. In return the MLB has agreed to give players an advance on their salaries over the next two months.
While coaches and players want to play as many games as possible, its possible they’ll do so even if it means no fans are in attendance. They are eyeing on beginning training in mid-May, and starting the season in June.