Mookie Betts is an even wealthier man.
The former MVP and World Series champion will honor the one-year, $27 million contract he’s currently playing out, adding the extension Betts’ total comes to 13 years and $392 million.
The deal tops Angels OF Mike Trout’s $360 Million Dollar deal and included an eye-popping record $65 million signing bonus.
The Dodgers announced the extension but not the terms Wednesday afternoon.
Betts videoconferenced from Dodge Stadium stating “I just love being here, I love everything about here. I’m here to win some rings and bring championships back to LA. That’s all I’m focused on.”
Betts was acquired in a trade from the Boston Red Sox over the winter, with the Dodgers sending Alex Verdugo and shortstop prospect Jeter Downs.
With no guarantees of having the world-class athlete past this year, the Dodgers made it a priority to re-sign Betts. The Wednesday agreement gives the franchise instant relief of securing his services for over a decade.
Andrew Friedman said an extension was a priority.
“It was something we really wanted to do … We were hopeful that he’d get here, fall in love with it, go out there and win a bunch of games,” he said.
Adding, “Our desire to get something done didn’t change at all,” Friedman said. “It helps when both sides are coming at it from a standpoint of wanting to get a deal done.”
Betts is considered one of the best all-around players in baseball: an elite leadoff hitter with power, speed and four Gold Gloves in right field. He capped his championship-winning 2018 season with an MVP award and followed that last season by hitting .295/.391/.524.
Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers play their first regular-season game on July 23rd, 2020 against the San Francisco Giants.