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Friday, March 22, 2019

Don’t expect Mookie Betts to become the next MLB star to sign a huge extension

Signing extensions has become the latest trend in Major League Baseball. Over the past couple weeks, some of the game’s biggest stars — both current and future — inked mega deals to remain with their teams.

With the extension trend seemingly at its peak, one of the best players in baseball is pushing back against the idea.

Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts is almost certainly paying attention to the massive deals being handed out to his colleagues, but it doesn’t sound like he has a lot of interest in becoming the next young, talented player to sign an extension.

Note to self: Check two years from now to see if this held.



QLE Posted: March 22, 2019 at 07:20 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: contract extensions, mookie betts, red sox

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   1. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: March 22, 2019 at 03:13 PM (#5824699)
If he gets offered 10/350 how does he you're it down?
   2. base ball chick Posted: March 22, 2019 at 06:11 PM (#5824753)
he figures he'll get 12/450
   3. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: March 22, 2019 at 09:30 PM (#5824774)
Apparently the Sox offered 8/200 after Mookie's "down year" of 2017. Mookie seems pretty confident in his abilities and good on him. As a Red Sox fan I would love to see the team keep this guy but with the salary cap issues/penalties, I'm not quite sure how they swing it now that Sale is on the books for nearly $30mil per starting 2020.
As a fan I have no complaints about their willingness to spend and put a competitive team on the diamond year after year, but losing Mookie and Xander is really going to sting.

I suppose their sales pitch is this. Hey, we can't quite offer the max money you want but we can offer you a nice living on a team that is competitive yearly and will not be tearing things down at any time you are here. Also, we have a pretty good record once we are in the playoffs so you are always in with a chance to win the Series, not many teams can make that statement year after year.

   4. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: March 22, 2019 at 09:45 PM (#5824777)
As a Red Sox fan I would love to see the team keep this guy but with the salary cap issues/penalties, I'm not quite sure how they swing it now that Sale is on the books for nearly $30mil per starting 2020.
As a fan I have no complaints about their willingness to spend and put a competitive team on the diamond year after year, but losing Mookie and Xander is really going to sting.

#### the luxury tax, the Sox should pay whatever they need to to keep Betts. There is no one the Sox could get to replace his production. Dont resign Procello, dump Moreland and Pearce, replace Bogaerts even, but sign Betts to a lifetime contract.
   5. puck Posted: March 22, 2019 at 10:18 PM (#5824782)
Boy will he look good in pinstripes?
   6. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: March 22, 2019 at 10:43 PM (#5824784)
The Sox aren’t losing Mookie. Xander is gone and with Sale I think JD might go but they ain’t letting Mookie get away.
   7. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: March 22, 2019 at 11:03 PM (#5824785)
#4 and #6. I agree that they should try to keep Mookie at all costs. We know his ceiling is 10+WAR, MVP type of season and I think he'll have a few more of those. I think Walt made the Clemente comparison and I can see that. I can see Mookie ageing really well and still being great in his mid to late 30's. He's just such a special talent. It's like Cleveland with Lindor. You have this incredibly great, super young player and you want to keep him at whatever costs. I didn't mention the guy over on the Angels as he's just a freak of nature.
My concern is that the Red Sox will just decide that 12/410 is just too much or too long and he'll be plying his trade elsewhere in 2020.
Hopefully John Henry's algorithms will decide Mookie is worth the investment and pay the young man what he is worth.
   8. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: March 23, 2019 at 12:16 AM (#5824793)
Physical on Sale ismdone. Deal is actually a bit under $29 mil for luxury tax purposes.
   9. John Reynard Posted: March 23, 2019 at 01:46 AM (#5824795)
I wonder if the Phillies would pick him up as a consolation prize now that Trout is out of the picture. They'll still need a CF in 2 years probably since I don't have high hopes for Odubel or any of the up-and-coming Moniaks.
   10. bbmck Posted: March 23, 2019 at 01:58 AM (#5824796)
2.5+ position player WAR in 2016-2018 (include Shohei Ohtani), 1 position player WAR per 250 or fewer PA (include Bryce Harper) and born since 1985 (include Josh Donaldson), in descending 2016-2018 position player WAR within a group. FA year based on Team Options being picked up, Player and Mutual Options not being picked up and Opt Outs being taken, 1 position player WAR per 150 or fewer PA:

2019 FA: Colby Rasmus

2020 FA: Anthony Rendon, Josh Donaldson, Brian Dozier, Marcell Ozuna, Didi Gregorius, Xander Bogaerts, Jose Abreu, Jonathan Schoop, Todd Frazier, Yasmani Grandal, Corey Dickerson, Khris Davis, Yasiel Puig, Scooter Gennett, Francisco Cervelli, Alex Avila, Jason Castro, Juan Lagares

2021 FA: Mookie Betts, Andrelton Simmons, Giancarlo Stanton, George Springer, Matt Carpenter, DJ LeMahieu, Jackie Bradley Jr, JT Realmuto, Jedd Gyorko, Kevin Pillar, Josh Reddick, Marwin Gonzalez, Marcus Semien, Cesar Hernandez, Zack Cozart, David Peralta, Mike Zunino, Jonathan Villar, Daniel Murphy, Yoenis Cespedes, Randal Grichuk, Michael Brantley, Jake Marisnick, Tim Beckham, Joc Pederson, Welington Castillo, Enrique Hernandez, Miguel Rojas, Matt Duffy

Under 6 years of service through 2020 and no contract: Francisco Lindor, Kris Bryant, Carlos Correa, Aaron Judge, Javier Baez, Corey Seager, Matt Chapman, Trevor Story, Travis Shaw, Trea Turner, Tommy Pham, Mitch Haniger, Chris Taylor, Addison Russell, Willson Contreras, Cody Bellinger, Gary Sanchez, Michael Conforto, Andrew Benintendi, Matt Olson, Byron Buxton, Mallex Smith, Carlos Sanchez, Brandon Nimmo, Ozzie Albies, Adam Frazier, Joey Gallo, Johan Camargo, Joey Wendle, Manuel Margot, Jesus Aguilar, Keon Broxton, Devon Travis, Ronald Acuna, Max Muncy, Harrison Bader, Manny Pina, Brian Anderson, Omar Narvaez, Daniel Robertson, Chad Pinder, Juan Soto, Austin Barnes, Gleyber Torres, Shohei Ohtani, Jung Ho Kang

Under contract through 2021: Mike Trout, Jose Altuve, Nolan Arenado, Jose Ramirez, Freddie Freeman, Christian Yelich, Manny Machado, *Paul Goldschmidt, Lorenzo Cain, Kevin Kiermaier, Jean Segura, Alex Bregman, Anthony Rizzo, JD Martinez, Buster Posey, Charlie Blackmon, Justin Upton, Whit Merrifield, Brandon Belt, Ender Inciarte, Kyle Seager, Elvis Andrus, Starling Marte, Brandon Crawford, Eugenio Suarez, Evan Longoria, Aaron Hicks, Carlos Santana, Wil Myers, Salvador Perez, Adam Eaton, Bryce Harper, Max Kepler, Kolten Wong, Paul DeJong, Eddie Rosario, AJ Pollock, Wilson Ramos

*presumably about to extend

I do expect Betts to be one of the next players to sign a huge contract even if he waits until free agency.
   11. John DiFool2 Posted: March 23, 2019 at 12:31 PM (#5824826)
I'm confused. Where's the Sale thread?

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