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Dodgers Sign Mookie Betts to 12-Year Deal

One of the MLB teams hurt most by the COVID-19 pandemic was the Los Angeles Dodgers acquiring  Mookie Betts for one year in a “Win-Now Trade” from the Boston Red Sox. In a 60-game schedule, the Dodgers would get a fraction of Betts, but that will change as the two sides have agreed to a 12-year contract extension on Wednesday that will run from 2021 through 2032. Betts will receive $365 million on top of his existing $27 million one-year contract he is currently playing out. Once you add the totals, Betts is signed for 13 years worth $392 million. This tops the previous extension record of $360 million signed by Mike Trout from the Angels and includes a record $65 million signing bonus which sets a new MLB record for most new money on a deal.

Betts won the American League MVP Award in 2018 which included three Silver Sluggers Awards and is a four-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner. This gives the Dodgers three former MVPs along with Clayton Kershaw (2014) and Cody Bellinger (2019) on the team.

After the contract signing, Mookie Betts went on to say “I’m here to win some rings and bring rings back to L.A. — that’s all I’m focused on… “This is what I’ve been working for my whole life. I know the Dodgers are going to be good for a long time. I love being here, everything about being here. The people here made me feel so comfortable. Everybody’s amazing. This organization is a well-oiled machine. I love it.”