It doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but the Red Sox reigning MVP does not expect an extension in Boston.
It feels like the contractual talk with Mookie Betts has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride. At times, it seems like the two party’s are miles away, while others seem like the time may be ripe for a deal. However, despite the back and forth, the reigning AL MVP clearly stated his expectations in regards to his contract situation.
Asked Mookie Betts if he expects to begin the season without getting an extension done. “That’s exactly what I expect. Didn’t expect anything to happen until I’m a free agent.”— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) March 20, 2019
It’s clear, at this point, that Betts is set on capitalizing on his maximum monetary value. In an offseason that has seen Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Mike Trout, and Alex Bregman, sign multi-year, multi-million dollar deals, it’s clear he’ll seek to do the same. According to Spotrac, Betts’ current market value would hover around a 10 year / $300 million deal, but with Trout’s $400 million deal, that number may be a bit of a discount.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that Mookie Betts won’t re-sign with the Red Sox, rather that he’ll expect top dollar. As many have mentioned, the Sox will have plenty of big decisions to make with the expiring contracts of Chris Sale, Xander Bogaerts, Rick Porcello, and others, while also dealing with the opt-out clause of J.D. Martinez.
Dave Dombrowski has built a championship winning roster to this point, but perhaps his biggest challenge will be retaining the talent and building for the future. It would be a pleasure to see Betts ink a deal to remain in the City of Champions, but it looks like that relief will wait for a later date.