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Thursday, July 23, 2020

What the Mookie Betts Extension Says About MLB Contracts

The most notable thing about Betts’s contract right off the bat is this: The total value starts with a 3 and not a 4, even though the deal is 12 years long. Last spring, Mike Trout signed a 12-year extension worth $426.5 million. Trout is a better player than Betts (perhaps the only better player than Betts), and was the same age Betts is now, but he was also two years from free agency to Betts’s one.

The deal looks even worse for Betts when compared to other recent free agents. (“Worse” being a relative term with almost $400 million in guaranteed money coming in, of course.) Gerrit Cole, who’s two years older and a pitcher, signed for nine years and $324 million this offseason—about $5.6 million a year more than Betts. In early 2019, Bryce Harper signed a 13-year, $330 million deal while coming off a down year in the most inhospitable free-agent climate in 30 years. Anthony Rendon, who’s a great player but nowhere near Betts’s level, is making $4.6 million more per year than Betts, though it’s worth mentioning that Rendon, who’s two and a half years older than Betts, signed a much shorter contract (seven years) worth $147 million less overall.

Taking out Betts’s $27 million salary this year, the extra 12 years will pay the Dodgers outfielder about $30.4 million a year, which is just the 12th-highest average annual salary in MLB history, according to Cot’s Contracts.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 23, 2020 at 11:10 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

MLB Rumors: Mookie Betts Nearing ‘Massive’ Contract Extension With Dodgers

Mookie Betts long has maintained he wants to test free agency, but the 27-year-old might be on the verge of cancelling those plans. WEEI radio host and former Boston Red Sox player Lou Merloni on Tuesday reported that Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers are nearing an agreement on a contract extension worth between $350 million and $400 million over 10 or more years.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 22, 2020 at 11:52 AM | 68 comment(s)
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Monday, March 30, 2020

Sunday Notes: Zach Davies Plans to Rely Less on Changeups

Zach Davies threw a lot of changeups last season. Taking the hill for the Milwaukee Brewers, the now-27-year-old right-hander relied on the pitch an eyebrow-raising 31.3% of the time. In 2018, that number was 12.2%. In 2017, it was 14%.

Why the notable uptick in change-of-pace pitches?

“I was getting guys out in any way possible,” explained Davies, who was dealt to the San Diego Padres this past November. “Going into last year, I was coming off injuries [rotator cuff inflammation and lower back tightness] and wasn’t guaranteed a starting spot. I wasn’t able to go into spring training and work on pitches, and best way for me to get outs was fastball-changeup. That’s why the numbers were skewed. This year there will be a lot more of a mix.”

Not having a feel for his curveball, Davies threw his bender just 3.5% of the time last year, down from the 15-16% range he’d been accustomed to. His cutter usage was also down, albeit by only a few percentage points. I asked the command-artist what returning to more of a mix will entail.

Come for the consideration of pitches- stay for the story concerning a prominent pitcher and an unexpected visitor.


 

 

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