On Deck, Mookie Betts


This MLB offseason we have seen players receive record setting contracts.  Nolan Arenado, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper are all very rich men.  Even Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman cashed in this week on an extension and a deal with Adidas.  Mookie Betts is now next in line for his pay day, but the question remains; will it be with the Boston Red Sox?
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On Tuesday, Mike Trout signed the biggest contract in baseball history with the Angels.  He agreed to a 12-year $426.5 million dollar contract.  This comes on the heels of Harper, who signed with the Philadelphia Phillies for $330 million dollars.

Betts is coming into the 2019 season on a 1-year $20 million dollar deal with Boston.  He will have one last year of arbitration next season, and from the way it looks right now, he will enter free agency and go to the highest bidder.

The question now Red Sox fans should ask themselves, does Mookie Betts want to stay in Boston?

Betts revealed this week the Red Sox offered him a 8-year $200 million dollar deal after the 2017 season.  He politely declined that offer.  Betts has been content going year to year with arbitration.

"I'm under no pressure to do anything," Betts said.  "It's OK for two sides to disagree.  That's perfectly fine.  It's normal.  I got two more years, going to make the best of them.  Got to worry about Year One right here.  I'm going out and doing my best to help the team win, and also next year.  It's just one of those things where it's all right to disagree.”
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Betts has stated he loves it in Boston.  He has indicated in press conferences and speaking with the members of the media that it’s a great place and would love to spend the remainder of his career here. 

Betts: “I love it here in Boston.  It’s a great spot.  I’ve definitely grown to love going up north in the cold… that doesn’t mean I want to sell myself short of my fair value.”

The Red Sox have signed some really bad contracts in the last ten years.  Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez, Rusney Castillo and Carl Crawford stand out in the last decade of bad deals.  There are also the contracts they didn't sign like Jon Lester, who they traded and ultimately regret.  The Red Sox can not allow themselves to regret Betts.

I can understand some hesitation on the side of the front office.  But you are the Boston Red Sox, money should never be the reason why you are unable to retain a superstar.

The way contracts are being dished out in professional baseball, Mookie would be wise to wait it out.  During his free agency season, he will be the only marquee player remaining.  Betts has been gambling on himself and his free agency tactic has worked so far.

What is Betts value?  It certainly in not 8-years and $200 million.

Back in 2014, then Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski signed slugger Miguel Cabrera to a contract extension.  That deal would go on to pay Cabrera $292 million dollars over the span of 10 years.  Cabrera was locked up by Dombrowski at 31 years old.  Cabrera’s contract now looks like a massive mistake, a mistake the Tigers will be paying until 2024.

Does Dombrowski think about the contract he gave to Cabrera as a reason to be nervous about Betts?  He shouldn’t.  Betts is a completely different player and athlete than Cabrera, and he is younger.  Dombrowski needs to stop the song and dance and pay Mookie Betts.

Betts has been outspoken about his ability to earn money in his next contract and how he needs to also set up the future in baseball.  Given the Sox current luxury tax situation, we need to understand that not everyone will be back.  The Red Sox need to make Mookie the number one priority from an organizational perspective right now.  Chris Sale, Xander Bogaerts, JD Martinez and Rick Porcello all need to get in line and wait their turn.

Dave, it’s time to sign American League MVP Mookie Betts to a contract extension - one that he can’t refuse.

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Boston Sports Syndicate: On Deck, Mookie Betts
On Deck, Mookie Betts
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