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Even though he is going into the last year of his contract, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts stated Monday complimentary agency is “ on the back burner,” per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register
Betts had actually spent his first 6 seasons in the majors with the Boston Red Sox but was sent to Los Angeles in blockbuster offer in February. Since of the coronavirus pandemic, he hasn’t played a regular-season game yet with the Dodgers and has only appeared in 8 spring training contests.
Though the 27- year-old stated he had “doubts” he would ever play a game in Los Angeles, the shortened season will permit him up to dip into least a couple of months with his new group in the past hitting the free market.
The Dodgers likewise have high expectations for 2020, listed by Caesars Palace as co-favorites to win the World Series. They are connected with the New York City Yankees with 350 odds to win the title ($100 bets win $350).
A champion run might impact Betts’ choice moving forward.
In either case, he waits refusing his reported 10- year, $300 million agreement deal from the Red Sox in January.
” I don’t be sorry for rejecting that,” Betts said Monday, per Chris Cotillo of MassLive. “Once I decide, I make a decision. I’m not going back and questioning myself. I do not stress over that. The marketplace will be what the marketplace is. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”
This will be a story to watch throughout the season with the outfielder likely becoming the leading complimentary agent on the market next winter season.
Betts has actually earned an All-Star choice in each of the last 4 years with four Gold Glove awards and three Silver Sluggers. He was called MVP of the American League in 2018 after hitting a league-best.346 with 32 home runs and 30 taken bases.
His 33.8 wins above replacement because 2016 rank 2nd in the majors, behind only Mike Trout (355), according to ESPN Statistics & Details Max Scherzer is 3rd on the list with a 28.0 WAR.
The Tennessee native has actually become one of the best all-around gamers in baseball, and his next agreement could challenge current huge deals for Bryce Harper (13 years, $330 million) and Gerrit Cole (9 years, $324 million).