By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Boston Red Sox refuses to pay Mookie Betts. The outfielder finally got the huge pay day that he was seeking.
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Betts to a 12-year deal on Wednesday. He will make $365 million over the lifetime of the deal.
Betts was expected to be a free agent at the end of the season. Now, he’s tied to the Dodgers likely for the rest of his career, as he is signed through 2032.
He was acquired in a blockbuster deal this past off-season between the Red Sox and Dodgers. Los Angeles also took on the deal of David Price — who previously announced he will not play in 2020 due to concerns about the coronavirus.
Before the February 10th trade, Betts agreed to a one-year, $27 million deal with the Red Sox. Due to the 60-game season due to the coronavirus, he is expected to make $10 million in prorated money for the season.
Betts is one of the best young players in the game. The former MVP is also a four-time Gold Glove winner and a four-time All-Star selection.
He now has the second-largest deal in MLB history in terms of total dollars. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout has the largest deal with a 12-year, $426.5 million deal.
Between Trout and Betts, these two superstar players are due nearly $800 million. In fact, they’re going to make $791.5 million over their deals.
Betts will have an average salary of $30.42 million. Eight players have average salaries about Betts average.
Players who have higher average than Betts:
- New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole ($36 million)
- Trout ($35.5 million)
- Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg ($35 million)
- Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon ($35 million)
- Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zach Greinke ($34.4 million)
- Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander ($31.3 million)
- Price ($31 million)
- Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw ($31 million)