This MLB season is already shaping up to be a memorable one. The coronavirus pandemic has forced the league to create a shortened 60-game schedule. Matches will feature unique twists, such as extra innings starting with a runner on second base. Put it all together and you have the recipe for a thrilling season.
But just in case you need a little more excitement: Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts just signed the second-biggest contract in MLB history. And it happened a day before the start of the season.
ESPN Jeff Passan reports the 12-year extension is worth $ 365 million, with a signing bonus of $ 65 million. The expansion includes a $ 65 million signing bonus, keeping Betts with the Dodgers throughout the 2032 season. The deal will be worth a total of $ 392 million over 13 years as Betts still owe $ 27 million. this season.
The Dodgers traded to Betts in February, acquiring them from the Boston Red Sox. Of course things were very different back then, but even in February there was no guarantee Betts would stay in the blue and white uniforms after this season.
It will be there for over a decade now. Betts, 28, won a World Series ring in 2018 as the Red Sox beat the Dodgers in five games. His new team hopes he will continue his winning ways.
Betts’ contract is actually the highest ever in terms of new money – the $ 365 million is over Mike Trout’s $ 360 million. However, Trout’s extension was worth $ 427 million in total, which puts him ahead of Betts in terms of total value.
Still, Betts probably won’t be too upset. He is only the sixth player in MLB history to sign a deal worth at least $ 300 million.
The Dodgers came in this year as the title favorites and now they’ve locked up arguably their best player for the long haul. What a great way to kick off the new season.