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Mookie Betts, Dodgers Agree to 12-year, $365 million extension

Talk about Christmas in July! Dodgers fans can breathe a sigh of relief as Mookie Betts has officially become a Dodger for life.

On Wednesday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that LA slugger Mookie Betts would be signing a 12-year, $365 million dollar extension with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Betts was traded from Boston to LA during the offseason. He had one year left on his existing contract.

In terms of the deal’s overall logistics, Betts’ contract will be valued at over $380 million dollars over the course of the next 13 years. While the language of the deal is not completed, the expectation is that Betts will be signing the massive extension in the coming days, per Passan.

This contract may seem ludicrous to some, but Betts has proven year in and year out why he is one of the best players the game has ever seen. By the conclusion of last season, Betts had compiled an overall stat line of 176 H, 29 HR, .295 BA, 135 R (which led baseball,) 80 RBIs, .391 OBP, .915 OPS and 40 2B.

The Nashville native also made his fourth-straight All-Star game, won his fourth-straight Gold Glove and won his third overall Silver Slugger award.

For Red Sox fans, their worst nightmare has come into fruition. Just two years ago, Mookie won Major League Baseball’s MVP award. He was the face of the Red Sox franchise and helped them win their third World Series since 2004.

Now, the once Bashful Bostonian is gone, ready to start his new legacy as an LA Legend.


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Peter Snyder is an Intern sportswriter who covers collegiate athletics as well as professional sports.
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